This intensive hands-on course is geared toward snowmachiners who want to build winter backcountry skills. The Level 1 course combines online learning and field sessions to provide a comprehensive overview of avalanche hazard recognition and evaluation. By the end course, graduates will be able to:
Make a trip plan
Gather pertinent information
Know what kind of avalanche problem they face
Know the patterns of that problem
Choose appropriate terrain for the conditions
Know safe travel techniques for that terrain
Know what to do if things go wrong
Field sessions take place each day, so students should be prepared to remain outside in a variety of weather conditions.
Tuition Does Not Include
Round trip transportation to and from the class site.
Food during the course
Personal gear and clothing.
Reliable Mountain sled only. Must have current registration.
At least 16 years old (and able to transport self to trailhead)
Students are encouraged to read Avalanche Essentials by Bruce Tremper prior to the course start date.
Be prepared to remain outdoors in high wind, heavy snowfall and cold temperatures.
This course is geared towards snowmachiners and is an intensive, hands-on course, which will provide students with the skills necessary to recognize and evaluate potential avalanche hazard. This course consists of both online coursework and field training. Curriculum includes: Avalanche Rescue Transceiver Use, Terrain Analysis, Snow Stability Evaluation, Decision-Making, Route Selection, Safe Travel Procedures.
Dec 10, 2023 - Dec 11, 2023 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Total spaces remaining: 12