Colorado Mountain College offers a Level I avalanche safety course taught to the guidelines of the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). The course emphasizes the latest information available about the study of avalanches, snow science, rescue equipment and rescue techniques.
The course includes two classroom sessions on Jan. 8 and 10 from 7-8:50 p.m. at the college’s campus in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, plus two field days in the backcountry on Jan. 12 and 13. The field days will provide a hands-on opportunity to evaluate avalanche hazards and practice rescue techniques. Students must be able to ski, snowboard or snowshoe at an intermediate level and be prepared to travel a distance up to five miles on the field days.
Participants must register by Jan. 7. The cost is one credit of tuition plus a $179 supplemental charge that includes access fee, textbook, use of avalanche equipment, transportation and AIARE Level I Certificate.
Contact Associate Professor Bruce Kime at 947-8246 with any questions about the course.
The New Castle Recreation Department invites all snow lovers to attend an inaugural club meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the New Castle Community Center.
The purpose of the meeting will be to introduce snow enthusiasts to other people with similar interests, and possibly put together some group trips this winter. If you enjoy snowshoeing, skiing or snowboarding, register on the http://www.newcastlerec.com website under NCR Interest Groups, or just come to the meeting.
For more information, contact New Castle Recreation at 984-3352.
The Grand Valley High School gymnasium will again play host to an adult volleyball league this winter. Matches begin Jan. 21 and will continue through March/April.
The cost for a six-person competitive or recreational team is $160. The cost for a four-person competitive team is $80. All league proceeds will benefit the GVHS volleyball program.
Matches will be played on Monday nights on three different courts. High school athletes will officiate.
Pick up registration forms at GVHS (800 Cardinal Way, Parachute). All registrations need to be submitted to the high school by Jan. 21. Contact Dave Walck at 285-5705, ext. 4103, with questions. You can also email him at email@example.com.
On Jan. 14, there will be an organizational meeting/skills clinic at 7 p.m. in the GVHS main gym. Teams are encouraged to have a representative on hand to discuss the rules and expectations.
The skills clinic will be for anyone who wants to learn more about the sport. Grand Valley’s coaching staff will be on hand to help teams or individuals with skills or team play.
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