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Are you ready for a Pro level course?

“Pro courses” are designed for avalanche professionals either employed or seeking employment in the avalanche industry. Applicants are screened to make sure they meet prior learning and employment guidelines. Throughout the course students are evaluated and tested on knowledge, skills, and abilities- which requires rigorous study, completion of assignments, and both written and practical testing.

If you are interested in registering, please email: info@alaskaavalanche.org; Subject: Pro Course App

We will send you an application and if you meet course pre-requisite criteria we will send you a registration link.

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Pro 1 Course

This 5-day course is for emerging snow professionals. You will learn to communicate avalanche risk between team members, observe and record snow, weather, and avalanche data to national standards. You will be required to demonstrate your travel skills and knowledge of avalanche formation, release, hazard mitigation, and solo rescue skills. Pre-requisites: Level 1 Avalanche Training, Avalanche Rescue Class, and 20+ days of relevant experience.

Register: January 2-6, 2019, Turnagain Pass $850

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Pro 1 Bridge Course

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.

Register: December 8-9, 2018, Hatcher Pass $375

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

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Pro 2 Course

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

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

Mike Janes, AAS Instructor and AEL&P Avalanche Forecaster and field tech Johnny Bressette conduct a full snowpack profile complete with HIT Board measurements, densities, and CT test. This work is supporting daily avalanche forecasting operations for the AEL&P Avalanche program.
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