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Rainer Beran, in black, practices using a beacon with his son, Matthew, 11, Saturday at Johnson Meadows. Beran and his son were among a large number of residents outside of the club to attend the class for avalanche training.

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Avalanche training and rescue class teaches how to avoid dangerous conditions

It comes down to a crucial 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes is how long before a person caught in an avalanche asphyxiates, said Ron Dellacroce, park manager for Yampa River State Park and Elkhead Reservoir.

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