Once the snow allows, Beacon Park will be open and free to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Beacon Park allows people to become familiar with their avalanche transceivers and is located in the southeast corner of Bozeman’s Beall Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOZEMAN PARKS AND RECREATION

Once the snow allows, Beacon Park will be open and free to the public seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  Beacon Park allows people to become familiar with their avalanche transceivers and is located in the southeast corner of Bozeman’s Beall Park. PHOTO COURTESY OF BOZEMAN PARKS AND RECREATION

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In partnership with the Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center, the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department is offering two free avalanche awareness classes this winter.

The first class open is open to all and will take place Thursday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. Bring a beacon if you have one—beacon practice is included. The second offering is a women’s only class and it is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m. Both classes will be held at the Beall Recreation Center in Bozeman.

Classes will cover important information about terrain, weather, snowpack and human factors. Once there’s enough snow, Beacon Park will be open and free to the public for avalanche beacon practice seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Please register in advance by visiting bozeman.net/recreation or calling (406) 582-2290.