Avalanche expert plans Thursday Libby program

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(Photo courtesy BRIAN SHERRY) Avalanche expert Jon Jeresek instructs Libby 5th graders on how to use avalanche beacons during a Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness 2016 Winter Tracks class at Timberlane Campground.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness invites winter recreationalists of all sorts to learn essential facts about winter travel safety from avalanche expert Jon Jeresek. Jeresek, retired Kootenai National Forest avalanche forecaster and active member of Turner Mountain Ski Patrol, will share his many years of avalanche and winter travel expertise Thursday, Nov. 9 at Simple Simon Pizza in Libby (at the west end of town at 30270 Highway 2). Backcountry and inbounds skiers, snowshoe hikers, snowmobilers and snowbikers will enjoy and benefit from this presentation.

Friends of Scotchman Peaks is providing the pizza for this free event. Beer from Cabinet Mountain Brewing will also be available. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour and Jeresek begins his presentation at 6 p.m. FSPW will also be selling raffle tickets for a pair of state-of-the-art Tracker avalanche beacons (digital transceivers).

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