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Snow and Avalanche Workshop at Montana State University

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Speakers from around the U.S. will gather at Montana State University on Wednesday 11, 2015 to discuss avalanche awareness. The Snow and Avalanche Lab at Montana State University is running the workshop to get people thinking about how they move in the backcountry, how they behave, how they make decisions, and if things go wrong, what the best things to do are.

The Snow and Avalanche Lab Director, Jordy Hendrikx, says the free workshop will give a broad overview of the snow signs, the decision making signs, and rescue signs that are out there. Speakers will also discuss the key things to do when heading into the backcountry.

“Make sure you've got some knowledge. Take an avalanche class, make sure you have the right equipment, so have a shovel, probe and avalanche transceiver, and then get the local forecast. If you get those three pieces of information, you will make better decisions and be informed before you head out to the snow,” Hendrikx said.

Hendrikx also suggests checking the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center for current avalanche, snowpack and mountain weather.

 The public is invited to attend the Snow and Avalanche Workshop at Montana State University from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday 11, 2015. For more information you can head to http://www.montana.edu/snowscience/workshop/

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