Avalanche Level 1
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
Participants must be able to ski, snowshoe, splitboard, or snowshoe/snowboard up and downhill in variable terrain and changing snow conditions.
Once enrolled, students are required to read Bruce Tremper’s Avalanche Essentials prior to the class start date. We have copies of this book for sale in our office, 1025 Orca Street, Unit 1 N.
Field sessions take place each day, so students should be prepared to remain outside in a variety of weather conditions.