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Batteries For Beacons – 3rd Annual Avalanche Awareness Week

Nov. 29, 2021
From: Utah Avalanche Center

Come to the 3rd Annual Avalanche Awareness Week Kickoff with free activities near the Big Field Pavilion at Sugarhouse Park in Salt Lake City, on Monday, December 6th from 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Mock avalanche rescue drills will be set up for both beginners and experts to learn and practice using avalanche transceivers. There will be kids’ activities, and people can learn how emergency responders, search and rescue teams, and avalanche rescue dogs respond to avalanche accidents. Groups attending include:

  • Utah Avalanche Center and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest
  • Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation and Utah Division of Recreation
  • Salt Lake County Search and Rescue and Wasatch Backcountry Rescue
  • Utah Snowmobile Association
  • AirMed and Salt Lake City Fire Department
  • National Weather Service
  • Mammut, Backcountry.com, Black Diamond, and Scott Sports

This event is free for everyone who enjoys Utah’s beautiful snow-covered mountains in the winter. It also marks the kickoff of Avalanche Awareness Week which was designated by the Utah Legislature in 2019 as the first full week of December. During the week, the Utah Avalanche Center and its partners will host events, classes, and other activities to promote avalanche awareness, education and safety. Our goal is to save lives by helping all Utahns learn about the dangers of avalanches and some simple steps to stay safe.

For Avalanche Awareness week this year, we are launching a program called “Batteries for Beacons.” During Avalanche Awareness Week, December 5-11, everyone can go to a participating retailer, shop, or dealership (typically ones that sell winter backcountry gear) and get free batteries for their avalanche transceivers. Additionally, at each shop, they can register to win avalanche rescue gear which includes transceivers, shovels, and probes.

More information can at: https://utahavalanchecenter.org/blog/62943

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