Capped at 9 Students with 3 instructors- take advantage of this small class with a reduced tuition!
This intensive, hands-on course is geared toward skiers, boarders, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to build winter backcountry skills. The Level 1 course combines classroom time and field sessions to provide a comprehensive overview of avalanche hazard recognition and evaluation. By the end of the three-day 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.
*Please note that there is no lodging included in this course* We encourage to find lodging in Girdwood and avoid commuting, as the highway can be unpredictable.
Classroom sessions will be held at either the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center (Mile 79 Seward Highway Portage, Alaska 99587) or the USFS Glacier Ranger Station (145 Forest Station Rd, Girdwood, AK 99587). Field sessions will be held in Turnagain Pass. Paid registrants will be contacted prior to the event for classroom details.