Pros gather for Snowbird safety talk

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Grete Eliassen going big. Safely.

Tonight at Snowbird, Utah's Cliff Lodge, a group of pro skiers will be gathering for a free event called Going Big Safely, which will be a demonstration on how skiers can make smart decisions in high-risk situations.

"We all feel that equipment these days is allowing people to get really good fast," said pro skier Julian Carr, who's helping organize the event. "We love doing what we do and we love watching people get after it; we just want to lend our protocol for how we prepare."

Winter X Games athlete Grete Eliassen will be talking about balance and how to keep skiing as part of a busy life. Fellow X athlete Jen Hudak will talk about strength and conditioning off the snow and how hard work in the gym can pay off.

Cody Barnhill will focus on scouting big-mountain lines and how to approach and inspect new terrain. Jeremy Nobis will be talking about the foundation skiers need and the skills you should have before you get in over your head. Jamie Pierre will be talking about instinct and how to follow it to tell what kind of terrain you should and should not be skiing.

Julian Carr's talk will be about becoming a pro skier and how to build a career and get sponsors. Dash Longe will talk about progressing your ability and knowing when you're ready to go bigger.

Dr. Mark Scholl, an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon and the team physician for the U.S. Ski Team, USA Rugby and Solitude Mountain, will be on hand to discuss common ski injuries and how to prevent them. Additionally, an avalanche expert from the Utah Avalanche Center will talk about backcountry safety.

Attendees will receive swag bags with items from Smith, Skullcandy, Snowbird and Discrete Headwear. There will be a panel discussion with time for questions from the audience, and afterwards, the athletes will sign posters.

The event is happening at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday night in the banquet room at the Cliff Lodge at Snowbird. The talks will also be broadcast live tonight on Park City TV.

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