Black Diamond Equipment is hosting a fundraiser next week to raise money for the Utah Avalanche Center (UAC). 

Co-sponsored by Uinta Brewing Company and the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, the annual pre-season fundraiser bash will include food from Rico Mexican Market, beer & wine and the live tunes of Herban Empire. There will also be the legendary silent auction to support the UAC as well as grand giveaways for those who purchase advance tickets. The festivities are set for next Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011, from 6-10 pm at Black Diamond, 2084 East 3900 South, Salt Lake City, Utah.

“It’s time for the unofficial precursor to the Wasatch ski season,” says TJ Kolanko, Grassroots marketing coordinator for Black Diamond Equipment. “Black Diamond’s 18th Annual Fundraiser for the Utah Avalanche Center will bring great people together to benefit a worthy cause and serves as a reminder ‘Old Man’ winter is on its way.”

The Utah Avalanche Center is funded partly by local and federal government sources and partly by donations from businesses, foundations, and individual backcountry supporters. Through public support, the Center has been able to operate for the past 17 years due to the exceptional community response by backcountry users and local and national businesses. The UAC issues daily avalanche and mountain weather forecasts helping enthusiasts with life-and-death decisions in the backcountry. They also teach a number of free avalanche awareness courses, house photo and video archives, offer educational modules, accident reports, snow profiles and more.

“Black Diamond’s annual fundraiser is an extremely important initiative for the UAC,” explains Bruce Tremper, Director of the UAC. “All proceeds benefit the non-profit Friends of Utah Avalanche Center, working to keep you on top of the Greatest Snow on Earth since 1980.”

As a reminder, the event is outdoors and will be held rain, snow or shine! You must be 21 to attend or accompanied by an adult. No dogs will be permitted. Tickets are $35 in advance, before this Sunday, Sept 11 and $40 after that and at the door. For more information, call 801-365-5522 or go to Tickets can also be purchased at the Black Diamond Store or online, go to