Location: Salt Lake City, UT
February 16: 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM - UAC Education Center
February 17: 8:00 AM-4:00 PM - Cottonwood Canyons
Pre-Course work will be sent out for the course in November 2022
Skiing and snowboarding are more safe and enjoyable when you understand avalanche hazard and how to move through the mountains safely. If you’re tired of following your friends who have more experience than you and want to become a valuable member of the team, this is the class for you. Nobody wants to be that partner that can't make informed decisions or be counted on during a rescue. Spend some time in the virtual classroom and a day on the snow with the pros to learn how to get out in the backcountry, have fun, and come home ready to do it again.
You will be sent the pre-course learning modules 3 weeks prior to your course to complete on your own time, which will explain avalanche characteristics, snowpack fundamentals, clues to instability, terrain assessment, safe travel protocol, rescue, and decision-making techniques. These resources will help to best prepare you for your classroom session and field-day, to ensure you gain as much as possible from the instruction.
On your field day, we will spend the day evaluating the snowpack, practicing safe route-finding and decision-making, and discuss avalanche rescue. We encourage all participants to register for a 4-hour Avalanche Rescue Clinic or an 8-hour Avalanche Rescue Course in addition to this 101 class to be better prepared.
Who should take this course?
This class is for skiers & snowboarders as an introductory course for those who are new to backcountry skiing and riding. We highly recommend that you have some experience using your touring equipment ie. transitioning your gear into uphill and downhill mode, turning your transceiver on/off into search mode, as well as assembling your probe, and shovel. You can do this in safe areas away from avalanche terrain.
What is required for this course?
This is an introductory level course and therefore can be your first avalanche education course. For this course, you are required to provide your own skis with alpine touring bindings and climbing skins or a splitboard with climbing skins. We do not allow snowshoes for this course. You should try to provide your own avalanche rescue equipment (if you need to borrow equipment, we are able to make arrangements). If you need to purchase rescue equipment you can do so here. A portion of your sale benefits the Utah Avalanche Center.
- Describe the equipment necessary for winter backcountry travel.
- Understand the basic functionality of avalanche rescue equipment
- Find and interpret local mountain weather forecasts and avalanche advisory information.
- Differentiate avalanche terrain from terrain where avalanches can not occur.
- Describe a basic process to manage risk for winter backcountry travel.
*In order to maximize the course experience for you and all students, we recommend that you be fit enough to spend the day hiking uphill with skins on and descending slopes in unpredictable snow conditions.
Our cancellation policy can be found here.
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