Avalaunch “Pray for Snow” events kick off winter

Whether you’re a skier, snowboarder or you just love live music, the annual Avalaunch “Pray for Snow” events are a good way to get excited for the long snowy season ahead. Nov. 21 through 23, Avalaunch Bozeman will be hosting a concert, information session, safety clinic and several after-parties to celebrate winter culture and increase avalanche awareness.

The three-day event will kick off on Nov. 21 with an avalanche information session at the Bozeman Public Library at 6 p.m. Local backcountry experts Eric Knoff and Conrad Anker, along with Montana Search and Rescue, will talk candidly about safety in the backcountry and answer questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public and there will be a chance for attendees to enter to win a season pass to Bridger Bowl and a free ticket to the Bone Thugs N’ Harmony concert taking place on Friday.

After the information session, there will be an after-party hosted at Plonk, with a screening of the 1983 classic ski movie “Hot Dog.” 21-plus attendees are encouraged to wear their most “ghetto fabulous” ski-bum inspired clothing. There will be complimentary wine and appetizers for those who chose to dress up and the event will run from 9 – 11 p.m.

On the eve of Cat-Griz game, the “Pray for Snow” concert will open its doors at 5:30 p.m. Performers include headliner Bone Thugs N’ Harmony, David Dalla G and the Stryde, Gentlemen Script and Prosper.

The show will take place at the Gallatin Valley Fairgrounds, at the Indoor Arena to keep concert-goers out of the snow they are praying for. Tickets are available at Tarantino’s pizza, Cactus Records and online. There will be an official after-party for the concert at Zebra lounge, which will be for those 18 and over.

The concert staff is also looking for volunteers to help with cleanup and crowd control, who will receive a free ticket to a future Chamberlin Productions sponsored event.

Lastly, on Nov. 23 in the Haynes Pavilion at Gallatin County Fairgrounds to help beginners and experienced backcountry buffs alike brush up on their avalanche beacon skills. Experts will be on hand to help participants work through a series of search scenarios set up to help increase safety in real-life situations. The event is free and open to the public, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Avalanche safety and backcountry awareness are relevant topics to an outdoor-

minded and mountain-obsessed town like Bozeman. For more information on Avalaunch events,

visit their website at avalaunchfestival.com.