Trailhead Outreach Program
Trailhead signage and beacon parks across Colorado
About the Trailhead Outreach Program
The Friends of CAIC Trailhead Outreach Program visited over 75 trailheads and documented 8000+ conversations about avalanche safety over the course of the 2022/2023 winter avalanche season, and we look to add in 10+ mobile awareness education days to that for the winter of 23/24!
Curious about how our trailhead program looks? Hop on board with Friends of CAIC at Vail Pass as they chat with various user groups on a typical Trailhead Visit day last season in the video to the right.
The Trailhead Outreach Program is in it's 3rd season working to keep "checking the forecast" top of mind amongst backcountry users. Whether newcomers to these sports or seasoned veterans, trailhead interactions with the Friends of CAIC team often lead to discovering new things about the CAIC products and avalanche safety efforts in Colorado.
Special thanks to program sponsor OnX Backcountry and Alpine Bank, and partner Ortovox and Garmin for making it possible to maintain these programs year after year.
And special thank you to grant partner the National Forest Foundation for see support, continuing funding, and expansion opportunities!
Friends of CAIC helped local partners install over 210 educational signs since 2020. These signs are installed seasonally at popular trailheads across the state. Identified by local land managers, the signs appear at both motorized, non motorized, skiing, hiking, climbing, and other activity based access points. They include huts across the state as well in partnership with the 10th Mountain Division Huts organization. 6 beacon checker signs were installed across the Dillon Ranger District at popular trailheads during the 2022/2023 season as well.
National Forest Foundation Funds Expansion for 2023/2024
We're excited to announce that Friends of CAIC will be adding to the hugely successful trailhead outreach programming by adding a new mobile avalanche education trailer for the 23/24 season! We look forward to rolling out free awareness classes across the state this winter.