Avalanche Jam Fundraiser Ready to Rock Golden

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BOULDER, CO (July 1, 2005) - The fourth annual Avalanche Jam, hosted by Backcountry Access (BCA), will take place from 5 to 10 pm on Friday, Sept. 16 outside the American Mountaineering Center in Golden, Colorado. Avalanche Jam is a fundraiser for the Boulder-based Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC).

This year's headlining band, Damage Done, is a popular Colorado rock band that features musicians from local outdoor retailer Neptune Mountaineering. In addition to the music, the event will include dinner by Trappeda's Gourmet Café, beer from New Belgium Brewery, an outdoor industry demo village, a silent auction and door prizes. Donors to the silent auction include BCA, Arapahoe Basin, Arc’teryx, Marmot, Patagonia, MSR and Black Diamond—and the list is growing daily.

Last year's proceeds provided the CAIC with much needed funds to offer avalanche education and forecasting for Colorado backcountry users. Colorado is home to one of the largest backcountry recreational markets in North America. Coupled with the most dangerous snowpack in North America, the CAIC plays an integral role in daily trip planning for Colorado backcountry users so they can recreate safely. The CAIC is partially funded by the Colo. Dept. of Transportation, State of Colorado, the Colorado ski industry, and a non-profit fundraising entity called the Friends of the CAIC, comprised mainly of backcountry recreationists.

“We hope that Colorado comes out to support this great fundraiser. Not only has the Avalanche Jam been a really fun event for any outdoor enthusiast, the grassroots support and additional source of revenue is very much appreciated at the CAIC,” said CAIC director Knox Williams.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. They can be purchased in advance at your local outdoor retailer or by calling Backcountry Access at 303.417.1345. For sponsorship information, call Steve at BCA at or email steve@bcaccess.com.