December 17: Classroom (Virtual Zoom) 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
December 18: Field Session 8:00-4:00 p.m.
What is a Backcountry 101?
At the Utah Avalanche Center, our goal is to help riders stay on top of the greatest snow on earth instead of being buried below it. Each year roughly 4 riders die from avalanches in Utah. Avoiding avalanches is easy if you know what to look for. During the course, we’ll teach students how to recognize avalanche terrain, how to interpret and apply the daily avalanche forecast, how to travel safely, and how to use your rescue equipment if an accident occurs.
This course is designed to be your first step towards avalanche education. It is not a Recreational Level 1 avalanche course but is the proper stepping stone in building the right foundation of knowledge. Education is most effective when it’s broken down into small portions and that is what we aim to do.
Why should you attend?
As a backcountry rider, we want to make sure you are completely prepared when you head into the mountains. That means knowing how to avoid getting caught in avalanches. Snowmobilers are the fastest-growing population of users involved in avalanche fatalities. Our machines and our riding ability allow us to travel nearly anywhere in the mountains and because of that, we need to be able to understand and identify avalanche terrain and utilize the avalanche forecast.
The fact is we can cover over 100 times more terrain in a single day than any skier or snowboarder can, so if an avalanche problem exists we’re much more likely to find it. Taking a class is the best way to learn about avalanches and how to avoid them.
Who should take this course?
This class is for snowmobile and timber sled riders who go into the backcountry in winter. 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.
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 machine. You’ll also need to provide your own avalanche rescue equipment. 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.
- Recognize that most fatal avalanche accidents were triggered by the people involved and that preparation and training prior to backcountry travel can save lives.
- Find and interpret local mountain weather forecast 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.
Upon order completion, you will be sent a confirmation with details to access course materials and student resources.
Pre Course Materials will be sent out in September 2021.
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.