Help MSU Students and Community Learn Avalanche Education
MSU's unique location, access to incredible mountain terrain and high quality education attract students from across the country and the globe. Many of our students seek out MSU because of the easy access to recreational activities in the mountains, you can easily ski/climb/raft/fish in the morning and still make it to class in the afternoon. The challenge for our students is often the ability to access high quality equipment and safety education to allow them to recreate in a safe and responsible manner.
The ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program is positioned to meet the needs of MSU students and provide equipment and access to safety education on campus and in the surrounding outdoor spaces. The challenge is how to maximize those educational opportunities? How can our students get the most out of their time in the field?
The answer is to build a world class educational facility in the heart of the Bridger Range so our students can be immersed in the setting while they learn important skills. Imagine the advantage of sipping a cup of coffee while you and your tour team plan your route of travel for the day and then stepping out of the door and immediately being able to put that plan into practice. Imagine the impact of gathering real time weather observations that influence your decision making. Imagine high quality avalanche and safety instruction delivered in a natural setting just steps away from the mountains.
With your help this vision can and will be a reality.
In collaboration with Crosscut Mountain Sports Center, the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program is raising funds for a 30-foot yurt to serve as an avalanche and wilderness education center.
The yurt will be located at Crosscut's base area just north of Bridger Bowl. It will serve as a year-round base for the Outdoor Program's wilderness medicine, safety and avalanche education program. During the winter months it will also serve the Crosscut community as an education center for school groups and other activities during weekdays.
This yurt will transform our wilderness safety and avalanche education program by allowing our classroom location to be adjacent to our field sites. Students will be connected to the environment they are learning about in an intimate way. No long transition times from the classroom to the field, just timely application of concepts learned in the yurt to decisions made in the field. Any funds raised beyond the cost of the Yurt will be placed in the ORP Student Scholarship Fund.