All field sessions will take place in the Cottonwood Canyons.
March 23: Online Session 5:00-6:00 p.m.
March 24: Field/Online Session 8:00-2:00 p.m. 5:00-6:30 p.m.
March 25: Field Session 8:00-3:00 p.m.
Upon order completion, you will be sent a confirmation with details to access course materials and student resources.
Due to the current Covid-19 Pandemic and high education demand, if you are already registered for an existing course we are unable to switch your course dates, locations, or reschedule - sorry for any inconvenience.
Ever feel like you have the right tools, some good knowledge of the backcountry, but aren't sure how to put it all together? Maybe you’ve taken an avalanche course in the past, been working on your basic skills, and have been practicing rescue but still don’t feel confident as a contributing member to your riding party. It is vital that each group member can help to make informed decisions throughout a day in the backcountry. Spend two evenings in the classroom and a full day on the snow with the pros to learn how to apply tools and systems that help us make informed decisions to get the goods!
Instructors will use videos, pictures, stories, and hands-on exercises to explain avalanche and weather forecasts, mapping tools, terrain assessment, safe travel protocol, group management, and decision-making techniques in the backcountry.
You'll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain through the use of planning tools like topography maps 3D mapping applications, group and terrain management based on current conditions, and use of go/no-go tools and obvious signs of instabilities to aid the decision-making process.
For the field days, we will spend the days touring the backcountry. We'll apply our pre-trip plan, local avalanche and weather forecasts, practice safe route-finding, decision-making, and ultimately use the tools needed to get the goods at the end of the day. We encourage all participants to have already completed a Backcountry 101 or Level 1 Avalanche Course, in conjunction with an 8-Hour Avalanche Rescue Course, or a 4-Hour Avalanche Rescue Clinic.
If you are interested in either a Level 1 Course or an 8-Hour Avalanche Rescue Class, please click here to see the list of reputable providers throughout the state of Utah that helps to provide All-Star Avalanche Education and Guided Recreation to all.
Who should take this course?
This class is for skiers & snowboarders who go into the backcountry in winter. It is designed as an introductory course for those who are new to backcountry skiing and riding. We highly recommend that you have some familiarity with using your touring equipment ie. transitioning your gear into uphill and downhill mode, turning your transceiver on/off into search mode, assembling your probe, and shovel. You can do this in safe areas away from avalanche terrain. This course can serve as a refresher for those who have previously taken formal avalanche courses and are looking to refresh their skills and learn the most up-to-date information and techniques.
For this course, you are required to provide your own skis with alpine touring bindings and climbing skins or a split board with climbing skins. We do not allow snowshoes for this course. You’ll also need to provide your own avalanche rescue equipment. You’ll need a modern 457 kHz Digital 3-Antenna beacon, a collapsible probe 240 cm or longer, a collapsible metal shovel, and a backcountry-specific backpack to carry your equipment.
Ability Level: To take this course we strongly recommend that you are at least an intermediate to advanced level downhill skiers or snowboarders. That means you are capable and comfortable riding black-diamond slopes within a resort boundary in difficult snow conditions on your same touring equipment. 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.
This is not a learn to ski or snowboard class. If you are unsure of your abilities, please contact Andy@utahavalanchecenter.org If you have never been skiing or snowboarding in the backcountry and want an introduction to the sport, we suggest you contact Utah Mountain Adventures.
For our cancellation policy please refer to our website for details.
If you have any questions please email Andy@utahavalanchecenter.org