Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club to Host Avalanche Awareness Training

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News Release Date: February 3, 2016

Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

An avalanche awareness workshop will be held this Saturday, February 6 in Port Angeles. Sponsored by the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club and Olympic National Park, the workshop will be presented by expert backcountry skier and ski patroller Gary Holmquist.

The workshop will be presented at the Port Angeles Red Lion Hotel and will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. A suggested $5 donation will support the Hurricane Ridge Winter Sports Club, which operates the Hurricane Ridge Ski and Snowboard area under a concession contract with the National Park Service.

"We are happy to support the Winter Sports Club in offering this important workshop," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. "Avalanche awareness is vital for anyone who explores beyond the meadows and ski area at Hurricane Ridge."

Holmquist will explain the anatomy of an avalanche and offer tips for avoiding them.

He has been a ski patroller at Hurricane Ridge since 2008 and has completed a progression of avalanche courses including the National Avalanche School program. He is currently a National Ski Patrol Avalanche and Mountain Travel and Rescue Instructor, teaching courses in these disciplines to various Ski Patrols in the Cascades.

For more information about visiting Olympic National Park in winter, people may visit the park's website at

Last updated: February 3, 2016

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