Being aware of avalanches is serious for the Ski and Snowboard club.
The rumbling increases in sound until you feel it in your chest. Snow is pouring down the mountainside, and you have to get to cover. Avalanches are killers, and you are now caught in one.
This scenario is exactly what the Ski and Snowboard club prepared for on Wednesday, January 24th. The Avalanche Awareness activity that had been planned months prior taught the students what to do when they found themselves in an avalanche in the backcountry
“The first thing you do is try and get off the slab of snow,” said Madeline Witkowski, president of the Ski and Snowboard Club. That was one of the many steps taught to them by the certified Avalanche instructure at Powder Mountain. Other steps included using environmental clues to find where to go to avoid the snow and to dig yourself a pocket of air so you don’t suffocate. “They only have about 20 minutes,” said Mr. Arne Erisoty, advisor of the Ski and Snowboard Club
Though the main focus was on avalanches, club members did get to play in the snow. After learning how to prepare themselves in an emergency, they were let loose on the resort. The day passed in skiing and shredding the slopes.
The club had a great time and look forward to doing it again next year. Being aware of what to do in an avalanche and how to save your friends is a need to know for those that are out in the backcountry regularly. “It’s a big deal,” said Erisoty. “I’ve never seen the students so serious.”