DEAR EDITOR:

As the sole survivor of three caught in an avalanche in Telluride’s backcountry, I urge everybody to acquire avalanche training before seeking the off-piste.

I was a newbie in 1988, when I arrived for the season in your beautiful town. On Feb. 14, 1989, I learned how little I knew. Please, everybody, be careful this ski season.

Todd Richards

Maine