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Pagosa youngsters learn skills at Wolf Creek Avalanche School

With wonderful conditions and snowfall in the high country, staff at Wolf Creek Avalanche School and friends put together an avalanche awareness and safety overview with a focus on avalanche rescue skills for Pagosa youth in downtown Pagosa.

The movies, “Know Before You Go” and “White Book” were shown at the Liberty Theatre. Sandy Kobrock, director, and Casey Bristow, instructor at Wolf Creek Avalanche School, brought guests to the get-together — ski patrol members from Wolf Creek Ski Area; Mark Mueller, executive director of the American Avalanche Association; and Kyle Frye, Tristan Richardson and David Haner, all of whom have had experience with avalanches.

Three of the students continued Saturday morning in Yamaguchi Park at a field session, learning to recognize and deal with avalanche danger. Safety tips , how to rescue a partner after an avalanche, and how to use a tracker, probe and shovel to aid in a rescue were some of the skills demonstrated.

Wolf Creek Avalanche School is using the Pagosa Springs Youth Center for its class work before heading to Wolf Creek for field sessions. Kobrock wanted to offer this session to the youth of Pagosa Springs and hopes to offer this great opportunity again next year. Visit the website at

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