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Gamble with money, not safety: Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosting avalanche training, Poker Run

Craig Press Staff Report

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club hosts avalanche safety training Jan. 12 and its annual Poker Run fundraiser Jan. 19, both at Freeman Reservoir.

Enjoying one of the region’s favorite wintertime activities and embracing education go hand in hand with upcoming events hosted by Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club.

The group will host avalanche safety training Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Freeman Reservoir Trailhead parking lot, about 10.5 miles north of Craig on Colorado Highway 13.

The training begins at 9:30 a.m., and a snow machine is required to go up on the hill.

According to Colorado Avalanche Information Center, multiple portions of the state, including Northwest Colorado, are under moderate to considerable risk for avalanches. Those looking to access high-elevation points are encouraged to be aware of how to do so safely and responsibly.

Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club also will host its annual Poker Run fundraiser Jan. 19, with registration beginning at 9:30 a.m. starting at the Freeman parking lot.

Snowmobilers head along the path to several stations — open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — and pick up a playing card to form a poker hand. Those with the best results win 25 percent of the total collected with 15 percent for second place and 10 percent for third.

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Hands are $10 apiece or $25 for three.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. at Vallarta’s, 2705 W. Victory Way, with additional door prizes donated by local businesses are also up for grabs.

Money raised during the Poker Run goes to the group's scholarship efforts, last year awarding $1,000 apiece to two local students, the majority of which was raised during the event.

For more information on Northwest Colorado Snowmobile Club and its activities, visit northwestcoloradosnowmobileclub.org.