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Presentation shares avalanche safety tips

Start your day off right. That is the advice to be shared by avalanche safety professional Steve Conger in The Alpine Club of Canada Rocky Mountain Section’s next monthly presentation, Thursday (Jan. 18).

Start your day off right.

That is the advice to be shared by avalanche safety professional Steve Conger in The Alpine Club of Canada Rocky Mountain Section’s next monthly presentation, Thursday (Jan. 18).

A longtime Canadian Avalanche Association member and experienced backcountry skier, Conger is the founder of Snow Knowledge avalanche risk management technology and consulting company. Based in Golden, B.C., he is also part-owner of Sorcerer backcountry skiing lodge.

Snow Knowledge specializes in avalanche hazard identification, mapping risk management, environmental monitoring and skills training. The company’s purpose is to deliver ways to decrease avalanche danger through the skillful application of good judgement and suitable technology. The company accomplishes this by focusing on three areas – avalanche risk assessment and planning, technology for avalanche forecasting, and key training exercises.

“Uncertainty cannot be eliminated, but it can be accommodated,” Conger said. “This begins by acknowledging its existence, then decreasing it when practical and embedding it in decisions.”

Aimed at assisting and providing advice and practical guidelines for recreational backcountry skiers, Conger has created the Mountain Morning Koffee Klatch presentation, which he will share with ACC Rocky Mountain Section members at his presentation.

The presentation incorporates his six-step, pre-field trip format, which can be highly effective and beneficial when used by any group planning a backcountry skiing day.

“This Mountain Morning Koffee Klatch meeting is useful for any organized outing or a self-guided group at a backcountry lodge,” he said.

Hosted by the ACC’s Rocky Mountain Section, Conger’s Avalanche Risk Management presentation takes place at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to all.


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