Very sound advice has already been offered here but I thought I'd toss out one more idea. Just today we finalised a really cool grassroots workshop that I think you're going to dig.
Friends of Berthoud Pass
is running an avy clinic for the whopping price of $10. Yeah I know it sounds absurd. Stay with me here...
The clasroom session will be taught by Halsted Morris, one of the best avy instructors around. Hacksaw has spent his entire career studying snow, and is a helluva fun guy to hang out with. He's good. REAL good.
The on-snow is a really more of a practicum since if we billed it as a "avy course" we'd run headlong into permiting and liability issues with the USFS. Instead we'll be out there working together like a study group before mid-terms. If you know the most about a certain portion of what we're doing, you are the "instructor" for that portion.
That said, we'll have former patrollers and professional guides who are certified avy and OEC instructors on hand, as well as local dirtbags who know more about the terrain and snowpack up there than anyone. Trust me, the on-snow will bring together several hundred combined years of expertise. I guarantee everyone will walk away learning something new.
The classroom part is 12/18/04 in Denver. The on-snow sessions will be at The Pass. Not sure about dates for that yet. Click this thread
for more details.
Drop a line to email@example.com
with your full name and reserve yourself a spot. It's filling up fast, so act quick. Hope this is useful.