The Sawtooth Avalanche Center has scheduled three events this week to help backcountry users learn more about avalanche formation and safety.

Today, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m., forecaster Scott Savage will host a talk called “Effects of Ski Compaction” at Backwoods Mountain Sports in Ketchum. Savage will address how compaction impacts snow stability and whether ski traffic make slopes less likely to avalanche.

On Thursday, Jan. 16, from 6-8 p.m., the center will host “Intro to Avalanches” at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater, at the Community Campus in Hailey. The two-hour presentation will introduce basic concepts about snow, avalanche formation and traveling safely in and near avalanche zones.

There is a $10 suggested donation, but no preregistration is required.

The class presentation will be followed by a field trip on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Sawtooth National Recreation Area and at Galena Pass. The day’s events will cover avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification and other basic snow and avalanche concepts.

Those interested can sign up for the field trip at the Hailey classroom session. A donation of $40 to the Friends of the SAC is suggested in order to cover instructor costs.

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