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Cooke City Avalanche Training Classes
6:00 PM
Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
Free Avalanche Safety Training Every Friday and Saturday in Cooke City

Montana State Parks (stateparks.mt.gov) in partnership with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center (GNFAC) will offer free avalanche training every Friday and Saturday for snowmobilers in Cooke City, MT beginning November 25th, 2016 through March 17th, 2017.

Throughout the season, GNFAC instructors will present weekly lecture and field instruction to teach snowmobilers the fundamentals of avalanche safety before they ride in the backcountry. “We want to ensure all snowmobile riders have a great time and ultimately return home to their friends and loved ones,” said Seth McArthur, Snowmobile Program Manager. “This training will provide the basic tools every snowmobile rider should possess.”

The Friday class consist of a 60-90 minute lecture which covers current avalanche conditions, safe riding techniques, essential gear, avalanche awareness and identification of avalanche terrain. The lectures will be held from 6:00pm to 7:30pm at the Cooke City Chamber of Commerce building located at 206 W. Main St, Cooke City, MT.

The Saturday class will give snowmobilers the opportunity to practice avalanche rescue techniques in the field. An instructor will be stationed up Fisher or Miller Creek from 10:00am to 2:00pm with rescue scenarios set up for riders to practice using their avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe. The exact location will be announced during the Friday evening class. The public is encouraged to attend both classes, but it is not required.

Snowmobiling in the backcountry is an exhilarating experience, but it carries risk. In December 2015, a snowmobiler was caught and killed in an avalanche on Sheep Mountain near Cooke City. “The goal of our new weekly avalanche education program is to save lives,” said GNFAC Director Doug Chabot. “Cooke City is a top snowmobile destination and home to serious avalanche terrain. We are excited to arm riders with the latest information and skills so they can make safe decisions in the backcountry.”

The Cooke City avalanche education classes are funded by the GNFAC and the Upper Yellowstone Snowmobile Club through the Montana State Parks Snowmobile Grant Program.

For more information about GNFAC Cooke City Avalanche Training Classes visit: http://www.mtavalanche.com/workshops/calendar.

Or contact the GNFAC at (406) 587-6984 or mtavalanche@gmail.com.

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Age Group: All Ages
Venue: Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center
Address: 10 East Babcock Bozeman, MT Cooke City, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 587-6984

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