Trailhead Outreach Program
Trailhead signage and beacon parks during 2021/2022 avalanche season.
About the Trailhead Outreach Program
The Friends of CAIC Trailhead Outreach Program visited over 75 trailheads and documented 2000+ conversations about avalanche safety over the course of the 2021/2022 winter avalanche season.
Take a look at the video on the right to hop on board with Sam and Brian at Vail Pass as they chat with various user groups.
The Trailhead Outreach Program is in it's 2nd 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 partner Ortovox for making it possible to expand this program during the 2021/2022 season!
Friends of CAIC helped local partners install over 200 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.
National Forest Foundation Funds Expansion for 2022/2023
We're excited to announce that Friends of CAIC will be expanding the hugely successful Trailhead Outreach Program next season thanks to funding from the National Forest Foundation! Funded via contributions from Vail Resorts, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin, Beaver Run Resort, and Summit County, this NFF support will allow us to focus a second Trailhead Outreach employee specific to the White River National Forest's Dillon Ranger District. This area is home to some of the most popular backcountry access points in the state, and also frees up resources to reinforce our presence across Colorado.