Jan
22
to Jan 27

Professional Level 2 Course (1 spot left)

  • Alaska Wildlife Conservation CEnter (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This 6-day intensive course is designed for leaders in the avalanche industry. Advanced topics are taught and tested including: mapping avalanche terrain, forecasting avalanche hazard and risk, identifying best practices for workers in avalanche terrain, implementing mitigation strategies for large and small team operations, and preparing technical professional reports for external review. Pre-requisites: Pro 1 certificate, Avalanche Rescue, and 40+ days of operational experience over 2 or more seasons.

Register HERE: January 22-27, 2019, Turnagain Pass $1900*

*This course is taught by American Avalanche Institute and hosted by AAS

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Jan
26
to Jan 27

WFR Recertification (5 Spots Left)

  • Alaska Avalanche School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Wilderness First Responder - Recertification

This hybrid format recertification course blends online learning with scenarios and skills emphasizing decision-making and curriculum updates. More options available under WFR Recert.

COURSE DETAILS

  • Course: Hybrid WFR Recert (2-day)

  • Sponsor: Alaska Avalanche School

  • Location: Anchorage, AK

  • Dates: Sat, 26 Jan 2019 thru Sun, 27 Jan 2019

Tuition: $325

REGISTER HERE: https://www.nols.edu/portal/wmi/courses/14169/

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Jan
26
8:00 AM08:00

Avalanche Rescue Course (10 spots available)

Tuition: $95                                REGISTER HERE

RESCUE: Any individual who travels in snowy mountainous terrain. This one-day course (8 hours of instruction, combination classroom and field) focuses exclusively on how to be prepared and respond to an avalanche incident. Gain hands-on experience with techniques of companion rescue. Most avalanches that carry and/or bury a person are triggered by that person or someone in their party; an immediate response by member(s) of the group involved is the best chance for survival. Avalanche Rescue is one of two foundational courses in the A3’s recommended progression. Be ready to save a life; always travel with someone you trust to save yours.

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Feb
2
to Feb 3

Alaska Winter Weather Forecasting (12 spots available)

This 2-day course will focus on weather forecasting in Alaska. It will benefit anyone with an interest in understanding the weather better, and being able to making their own forecasts. Weather forecasting in the mountains of Alaska during the winter is the primary emphasis. This course begins with an overview of basic meteorology, as a foundation for understanding of how the atmosphere works. Orographic effects and how the mountains interact with weather systems will be explored in-depth. Students will learn how to read and interpret all pertinent weather maps and computer models, with an emphasis on products specific to Alaska. There will be map reading and forecasting exercises each day to give students as much hands-on experience as possible.

Tuition: $500 Per Person.                           REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alaska-mountain-weather-forecasting-february-2-3-2019-tickets-45115822640

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Feb
9
to Feb 10

Pro 1 Bridge Course, Turnagain Pass (7 spots available)

  • Classroom: Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This 2-day course includes a brief review of major topics such as: recording snow, avalanche, and weather data to SWAG standards, using hazard and risk analysis forms, and forecasting avalanche hazard factors. You will be graded and given detailed feedback during the course with a written exam and field exercises in communication, group management, snow profiles, snowpack tests, weather station and avalanche observations, and small team rescue. Pre-requisites: Level 1 & 2 Avalanche Training (prior to 2017) and 20+ days of relevant experience.

Email: info@alaskaavalanche.org for an Application Form

Register/Payment: February 9-10, 2019, Turnagain Pass $375

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Feb
15
to Feb 17

Level 2 Snowmachine Avalanche Course (9 spots available)

Instructors: Mike Duffy, Graham Predeger REGISTER

Pre-Requisite: Level 1 + season using skills or AST-1 + Rescue Class

This intensive 3-day course provides intensive, hands-on program is taught by and designed especially for sledders, offering students the skills necessary to recognize and evaluate potential avalanche terrain. The workshop will include morning sessions in a classroom followed by afternoon instruction while riding in the field. Snow Bikes welcomed!

This course focuses on the practical application of course material, such as route planning, communication techniques, group management in complex or challenging terrain, forecasting, and review of decision-making tools.

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Feb
15
to Feb 18

Level 2 Avalanche Course, Hatcher Pass (WAITLISTED)

  • Classroom: Independence Mine Visitor Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tuition: $550 Per Person.                           JOIN THE WAITLIST HERE

The course is centered around avalanche hazard evaluation, observation, and decision-making, and offers a unique opportunity to practice those skills at Hatcher Pass or Turnagain Pass. Classroom sessions focus on the development of the snowpack, understanding the avalanche problem, including persistent and deep slab instabilities, avalanche mechanics and utilizing snow and weather resources to trip plan. In the field, Level 2 curriculum concentrates on snow stability evaluation techniques, detailed snowpack analysis, and documentation. Participants in this workshop will be introduced to documentation and record keeping as per the Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG) handbook.

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Mar
8
to Mar 10

Level 1 Avalanche Course, Hatcher Pass (11 spots available)

  • Classroom: NOLS Facility (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tuition: $395.00 Per Person                         REGISTER HERE

March is the perfect time to learn about the basics of avalanche safety. This 3-day course enjoys longer and warmer days in the mountains with snow professionals. Learn about the ingredients of a slab avalanches and how to make terrain choices to avoid them.

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Dec
28
to Dec 29

Level 1 Avalanche Course Refresher, Glen Alps

  • Classroom: Alaska Avalanche School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tuition: $150 Per Person.                           REGISTER

Avalanche Level 1 Refresher

This workshop reviews Level 1 curriculum and is meant for backcountry users who have received some avalanche safety training but are not interested in repeating the full Level 1 course. The classroom session at AAS offices in Anchorage precedes a full day in the field. (specific locations chosen based on conditions at the time of the course). Participants can expect review of the following skills:

  • Rescue techniques and new technology

  • Transceiver use and practice

  • Terrain analysis

  • Snow stability evaluation

  • Decision-making

  • Route selection and travel procedures

Prerequisites: Participants must have already completed a Level 1 class. Prior to the start of the course, students should re-read Avalanche Essentials and/or Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, track Turnagain Pass area weather, and come to the workshop prepared with specific questions and areas of focus.

Course Time: 3 hour evening lecture in AAS classroom, one full (8 hour) field day

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Dec
22
8:00 AM08:00

Avalanche Rescue Course

Tuition: $110                              REGISTER

RESCUE: Any individual who travels in snowy mountainous terrain. This one-day course (8 hours of instruction, combination classroom and field) focuses exclusively on how to be prepared and respond to an avalanche incident. Gain hands-on experience with techniques of companion rescue. Most avalanches that carry and/or bury a person are triggered by that person or someone in their party; an immediate response by member(s) of the group involved is the best chance for survival. Avalanche Rescue is one of two foundational courses in the A3’s recommended progression. Be ready to save a life; always travel with someone you trust to save yours.

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Nov
9
9:00 AM09:00

Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop

  • Alaska Pacific University, Atwood Building, 2nd Floor (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center, Alaska Pacific University, Alaska Avalanche School, Alaska Avalanche Information Center and the American Avalanche Association will be hosting a gathering of snow professionals for a day of learning, presentation, discussion, and networking.

Guest speakers this year include Scott Savage, Director of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center and Pat Dryer, Juneau Mountain Rescue.

Moring session, 9am-12pm: Geared for avalanche professionals and interested public.


Afternoon session, 1-4:30pm: FREE (no ticket needed) and geared to backcountry users as well as professionals.


Post workshop social from 4:30 - 6:00pm!

Event website: akavalancheworkshop.org

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