With winter in full swing and snow depths beginning to rise, winter and avalanche safety is of primary importance to anyone that enjoys cold weather activities, whether skiing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. To help everyone stay safe this winter, Colorado Parks and Wildlife is offering a two-part winter and avalanche awareness class this Friday and Saturday. Based on the Canadian Avalanche Center’s snowmobile video series, ‘Throttle Decisions’, topics will cover snow composition and identifying hazardous terrain. In addition, participants will learn and practice rescue skills in a wintertime setting. The first session will be held, Friday night at 6 at Craig Middle School. Park rangers will cover a variety of topics, including gear, weather forecasting, safe winter travel, weather, snowpack, terrain, evaluating hazards and rescue techniques. On Saturday morning at 9:30, the seminar moves to the Freeman Reservoir Trailhead. Participants for this session are required to bring their own snowmobile and all safety equipment, including helmets, beacons, shovels and probes as well as proper attire and food and water. A variety of snowmobile safety topics will be covered, including snow composition and identifying hazardous terrain. If you have questions, call 970-276-2061.