Seminar to focus on winter safety

Stuck in the middle of nowhere in the dead of winter?

Don't always count on technology to bail you out, according to Ron Dellacroce, manager at Yampa River State Park.

"Overconfidence in their cell phones," said Dellacroce, when asked about common errors among stranded snowmobilers, wayward skiers and people just getting lost going about daily routines.

"It's very easy to get caught stranded given our environment here," Dellacroce said.

Dellacroce, a 12-year veteran of search and rescue efforts in Moffat and Routt counties, will lead a "Winter Outdoors Safety & Survival Seminar" at the Moffat County Public Safety Center Dec. 17.

The program, free to the public, will run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Door prizes for attendees include $100 and $50 gift certificates at Craig's Cashway Distributors. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

"I want to approach this not only from a recreational perspective, but just common sense on how to deal with various situations in the wintertime," Dellacroce said.

The state park manager shouldn't be unfamiliar to Craig winter outdoor enthusiasts. Dellacroce said he has run similar seminars in the past, working with NOWECOS, a locally based club of snowmobile

enthusiasts.

Along those lines, the Dec. 17 seminar will include basic winter sports safety, snowmobiling regulations and safety, how to recognize avalanche danger and the basics needed before heading outdoors, said Clyde Anderson, Moffat County Emergency Manager, who is coordinating the event.

"Every year we'll have something involving snowmobilers getting hurt or lost," said Anderson, citing the death of a Craig man last year in a snowmobiling-related accident.

Some of the same snowmobile safety principals offered Dec. 17 can be applied to any situation, Anderson said.

"How to dress in the winter sounds simple, but a lot of people don't know how to," Dellacroce said.

Dellacroce said he would also offer tips on practical winter gear, and how to use various items.

"People seem to have more money to spend on these high-tech toys, then they get out there and don't know what to do with them," he said.

Paul Shockley can be reached at 824-7031 to at pshockley@craigdailypress.com.

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