Director of Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol Lucas Mouttet has not been in an avalanche in more than 10 years, but he describes these waves of snow as a tide that can have devastating consequences.
Started in the early 1990s, Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol is based in Fort Collins and serves the Cameron Pass area of Colorado, a popular backcountry skiing location, and is more of a search and rescue team.
The ski patrol will host Powderwhoreâ€™s all telemarking ski film â€œTele-visionâ€ tonight at New Belgium Brewery as a benefit for the group. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the film beginning at about 8 p.m.
Established in 2000, Powderwhore is a ski film company that features only telemark skiing, focusing on backcountry and extreme terrain conditions in some of the best powder locations in the country.
The night will also include an auction of five pairs of skis hosted by CSUâ€™s Outdoor Club, giveaways of other small items and generous New Belgium hospitality.
Diamond Peaks raises about half of their funds of the year at the annual event, and as the fourth year of the event it will be similar to years past, said Mouttet.
Powerwhoreâ€™s own Jonah Howell and Noah Howell will also be in attendance to promote their film and check out the auction and free swag.
â€œItâ€™s one of the few times that backcountry skiers get to come together in this town,â€ said Mouttet. â€œItâ€™s always a really fun night with a fantastic group of people that like the same types of things.â€
Diamond Peaks specializes in avalanche safety courses and avalanche awareness clinics year-round. The CSU Outdoor Club even sponsors a night each year when the patrol talks about backcountry safety.
The film selection for the night is only fitting, as the ideology of safe skiing for the members of Diamond Peaks is the same to the safe backcountry skiing practices that Powderwhore also follows.
Powderwhore athlete featured in â€œTele-visionâ€ and winner of the 2010 Telemark Freeskiing Championships, Megan Michelson said, â€œYou never have to not go skiing if itâ€™s high danger â€“â€“ you just need to make smart decisions as to where you go and what not to ski.â€
Michelson said that she learned a valuable lesson while skiing for the film when she accidentally skied into moving snow. Though she managed to ski out of it, she says she still cringes when she watches the segment.
â€œTake in your entire surroundings and donâ€™t just look downhill, and make sure you know whatâ€™s to your right and your left at all times,â€ said Michelson. â€œAnd of course, never let the pressure of a camera or friends watching you get in the way of making smart decisions.â€
Michelson added that having the right equipment is also not enough as many skiers assume, but knowledge of these items as well as training and the ability to access snow conditions is important.
Mouttet also said that being prepared â€“â€“ both in equipment, training and awareness of snow conditions â€“â€“ when skiing not only in Cameron Pass, but anywhere, is the best tool to have.
â€œWe want to help people be prepared before they leave town for the snow,â€ said Mouttet. â€œThe benefit will help us continue our clinics and avalanche awareness classes.â€
Tickets are $10 at the door and the show is expected to sell out.
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Watch The Film
Who: Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol and CSU Outdoor Club
What: Benefit night and silent auction for ski patrol including film company, Powderwhoreâ€™s telemark ski film â€œTele-visionâ€
Where: New Belgium Brewery
When: Tonight, doors open at 7 p.m., film at 8 p.m.
Price: $ 10 and likely to sell out.