SQUAW VALLEY SKI PATROL PRESENTS
STEEP & DEEP FREE AVALANCHE AWARENESS CLINIC ON FRIDAY, JANUARY 30
AND FREE BEACON BASIN AVALANCHE CLINICS ON THE 1ST AND THE 15TH OF EVERY MONTH

[Squaw Valley USA] January 23, 2009From lift openings and closures to on-mountain events and activities, every decision that is made at Squaw Valley is first and foremost dictated by safety. In addition to implementing safety measures throughout the mountain, Squaw Valley aims to promote safety through awareness and education by providing affordable and accessible avenues for guests to educate themselves. In line with this objective, Squaw Valley Ski Patrol offers free avalanche beacon classes on the 1st and the 15th of every month, as well as the annual Steep & Deep free avalanche awareness clinic, held this year on Friday, January 30, 2009.

Annual Steep & Deep Avalanche Awareness Clinic
Designed to be an informative and fun evening of safety education, the annual Steep & Deep event is a free avalanche awareness clinic that includes multi-media presentations by local guides, extreme skiers, forecasters on weather, terrain analysis, snow stability, and more. This clinic provides knowledge and information that is not just imperative for hardcore skiers and snowboarders in the backcountry, but also for recreational resort skiers and riders who like to venture off-piste and explore steep terrain.

This year’s Steep & Deep free avalanche awareness clinic is taking place on Friday, January 30 at 7 pm at the Plaza Bar. All ages are welcome, and entry into the event is FREE. Event sponsors include Volkl, Recco, BCA, Ortovox, Tecnica, and Squaw Valley USA.

Free Avalanche Beacon Training Classes
In 2006 Squaw Valley introduced ‘Beacon Basin’ – an area that is used throughout the season for avalanche beacon training classes. Squaw continues to use the Beacon Basin and offer free avalanche awareness/beacon classes twice a month throughout the winter season. Classes are open to the public and take place on the 1st and the 15th of each month. The classes meet at Ski Patrol Base at 5:30 pm (classes last about an hour and a half). Guests should bring their own transceiver but there are beacons available for loan as well.

Squaw Valley’s Free Avalanche Awareness/Beacon Classes, which teach avalanche safety and beacon use, are open to employees and the public. All attendees are asked to register beforehand by calling Ski Patrol at 530-452-7260.

The most up-to-date resort conditions, operation schedules, events, live mountain cams and more info on Steep & Deep and Squaw Valley’s Free Avalanche Awareness/Beacon Classes are available on www.squaw.com.