Our SNEWS® eyes on the scene tell us that the first annual "Avalanche Jam" fundraiser, organized by Backcountry Access and held on Sept. 6 at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colo., raised the roof with energy and raised nearly $10,000 for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC). The "Jam" packed in 500 backcountry skiers and snowboarders who enjoyed the sounds of a bluegrass band while consuming copious quantities of barbecued Alaskan salmon.
Ticket receipts, coupled with memberships for the CAIC sold during the event garnered approximately $13,000. A silent auction of coveted items such as a signed NHL team jersey from the Colorado Avalanche brought in an additional $9,500. CAIC's share amounts to the total less expenses we're told. Companies donating items for the silent auction included: Burton, Black Diamond, Rossignol, Tua, Marmot, Mountain Hardwear, Backcountry Access and Lowe Alpine.
The CAIC is a division of the Colorado Geological Survey, with the mission of reducing avalanche accidents through a program of forecasting and education. BCA is already planning the second annual Avalanche Jam for the weekend after Labor Day next year, with the proclaimed goal of doubling attendance and increasing the support to CAIC. To learn more about CAIC, go to www.geosurvey.state.co.us/avalanche/.