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Avalanche awareness workshop this Monday

Even the most skilled backcountry adventurer can find themselves facing avalanche danger.

This Monday, learn how to alleviate that danger with a free avalanche awareness workshop at the Seward Community Library from 5 to 6 p.m.

The workshop is open to all skill levels and all type of backcountry users.

“You can get stuck in an avalanche on a car on the freeway, on a regulated trail or even in a house in Alaska,” said Maya Hunger, the workshop’s organizer. “It’s good to know if you’re at risk of being struck by an avalanche, it’s not just for back country skiers.”

Attendees don’t need any prior knowledge or equipment, but may bring their avalanche beacon for demonstrations.

“Avalanches happen anywhere there is snow,” Hunger said. “If you expose yourself to snow in any capacity, then you’re at risk for getting stuck in an avalanche.”

Hunger is a backcountry skier and has taught avalanche courses in Washington.

“I started to tech in Washington last year as a way to give back to the community down there, and I’m hoping to do the same up here.”

The event is hosted in conjunction with the Alaska Avalanche School in Anchorage.

For more information contact Hunger at mayahunger@gmail.com or Alaska Avalanche School at info@alaskaavalanche.com.