Spring skiing. These two words warm the cockles of mountaineers' hearts the world over with suggestions of light clothing and goggle tans. Early spring is also one of the most dangerous times to be out on the slopes. Warm weather and sunshine can expose tree stumps and rocks. Also, for the more advanced skiers among us, there's the threat of an avalanche.
According to avalanche.org, there have been 13 avalanche-related fatalities already during the 2012-13 season. Avalanches are dangerous because when they originate, the snow takes on the flowing properties of liquid, but when they come to rest, the snow quickly freezes again.
That's why The Backcountry Pursuit is hosting an avalanche awareness class taught by 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol. The event, which takes place today at 671 S. Capitol Blvd., begins at 7 p.m. and covers assessing snowpack conditions, terrain management, risk assessment and rescue. And it's free.