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Wyoming Ski Patrol teams hold Avalanche safety courses open to the public

(Wyoming) - Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol and Snowy Range Ski Patrol are offering avalanche safety courses this month. The course is open to both the general public and members of the ski patrol, and will meet all American Avalanche Association standards for level 1 avalanche courses. *Level 1 Avalanche Course*Offered by Medicine Bow Nordic Ski Patrol, and Snowy Range Ski Patrol Module 1: Avalanche Foundations Module 2: Avalanche Safety and Rescue Skills It is a National Ski Patrol course with both classroom (Module 1) and on-the-snow (Module 2) experience. Participants will receive credit for both modules, and will meet all requirements to take Organized Avalanche Rescue (Module 3) additionally if desired. Topics to be covered are: Avalanche conditions, human factors, snow conditions, weather, route selection, transceivers, avoiding an avalanche, and rescue - what to do if you or a member of your group is caught by an avalanche. TIMES: Tuesday Feb. 16, 6:00 to 9:30 PM Thursday Feb. 18, 6:00 to 9:30 PM Sunday Feb. 21, all day field session Thursday Feb. 25, 6:00 to 9:30 PM Saturday Feb. 27, all day field session The course wil take place in Room 115, UW Half Acre Building in Laramie. For reservation information, contact rmlynds@yahoo.com. Module 3 (Organized Avalanche Rescue) Highly recommended for ski patrollers but optional for non-rescue personnel, this 1-day field course will be held on Sunday, February 28, 2016. *Feature photo: Albany County Sheriff's/Pitchengine Communities* #shortgo #news #whatshappening