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The "Know Before You Go" avalanche education program is a free basic avalanche awareness program and not a replacement for taking an avalanche class taught by certified avalanche professionals.

The program is designed as a 60-90 minute program in three parts:

  1. A 15-30 minute narrated video, showing avalanches, people triggering avalanches, and the destructive power of avalanches.
  2. A 15-30 minute presentation about the basics of how to recognize avalanche terrain, recognize obvious signs of instability, safe travel practices, the basics of avalanche rescue equipment and self-rescue procedures, and where to obtain information about current avalanche conditions.
  3. A 15-30 minute discussion covering local factors, group Q&A, and product testing.

East Side Schedule:  

All presentations start at 6PM and will be hosted virtually (Zoom link to be posted here week prior) unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday Dec 1 Zoom link: https://cocc.zoom.us/j/98866096943

Tuesday Jan 5 Zoom link: TBD

Tuesday Feb 2 Zoom link: https://cocc.zoom.us/j/95308085097

Tuesday Mar 2 Zoom link: https://cocc.zoom.us/j/95814502740


West Side Schedule:  TBD

Join us at the above virtual events. Additional options will posted as the season progresses. If you are part of an organization that has interest in hosting the "Know Before You Go" program, please email us at info@coavalanche.org.