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February 7, 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Moab Library
Moab, UT 84532
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Danger & Delight: A History of Winter Recreation in the La Sal Mountains - Eric Trenbeath

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Eric Trenbeath, U.S. Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center forecaster, will give a presentation on winter recreation, past and present, in the La Sal Mountains, with a summary of how terrain, weather, and snowpack, create a high potential for avalanches in the range. The talk will look at early efforts to pioneer the La Sal Mountains as a winter recreation destination, and a 1992 tragedy that left four skiers dead from an avalanche. Winter recreation in the modern era will also be discussed with a focus on backcountry skiing, snowboarding, and snowmobiling, as well as the advent of an "extreme sports" culture.