Avalanche Center Home Update - December 8, 2006

An Update from the Avalanche Center
December 8, 2006

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Welcome to the 2006-2007 Season
Special Announcement: Annual Auction


A great deal of work has been done on the website, going back to the spring and summer. Including a lot of programming behind the scenes. I've meant to send an update out numerous times but just haven't had time. But now we are well into the start of the 2006-2007 season, which always means ... a fundraising auction!

I will send more out next week with some mention of what has been done on the website. But for now the auction needs some promotion, weekend plans are beckoning, and its 2am. (Unfortunately this isn't a particularly late night this time of year.)

So for now you'll have to check out the site, explore it a bit, and see what you can find that's new or improved. And when you visit the site please check out the auction:


This is an annual event and this is the ninth year for it. We've gotten a good response from industry this year, better than the past several years. Now we need a good response from you, our users. I'm still posting some items for bidding, so a few things on the front page are not linked to bidding pages yet. They will be; very soon. And just yesterday we got two packs from Dakine out of the blue, so we don't know what other great surprises may arrive at the last minute yet.

As always, there will be some special short-term listings. Right now there are two beacons, your choice of model, for $175 each. They close Sunday so they will probably sell for very cheap. If the auction is active we'll post more right away, maybe even before these two close. And there are always shirts, nalgene bottles, and other CSAC Avalanche Center paraphernalia posted throughout the auction. How many deals we post depends partly on how much activity there is, and how much the deals contribute to it.

Also, new this year is a feature allowing private (non-CSAC) auction items. If you have anything outdoor related you want to sell during the auction you can post it. From any of the bidding-style pages look for the "Post New Item" link in the collection at the bottom. This is new but does work; there will be more about it next week in another update that will also begin to list site improvements. There are no mandatory fees or charges, we just ask that anyone who sells anything consider giving us a donation from the proceeds.

So it's time for me to get ready for the weekend, get some sleep, and try to post yet more items later today for everyone to bid on. Please check it out, there is something for everyone and items can be received by Christmas if you want. And every winning bid includes a membership in the Avalanche Center for a year, no matter how small the amount.

Finally, you can help us out a great deal by promoting the auction. Please put a link from your website(s), print the flyer on the main auction page and post it anywhere appropriate, pass the word on via email lists and forums you're part of, etc.

Thanks a lot for your support of the auction and our site. We're looking forward to a great winter, and providing improved and new services to everyone with an interest in avalanches.

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