January 15 | Zoom | 6:00 p.m. MST - 7:00 p.m. MST
January 16 | Field Day | - 8:00 a.m. MST - 4:00 p.m.
January 17 | Field Day | - 8:00 a.m. MST - 4:00 p.m.
The Avalanche Level 1 course provides a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and skills that backcountry skiers and travelers can use to navigate snowy terrain and make decisions in the mountains.
*Course dates indicate evening zoom meeting. Field time begins on the following day.
This course focuses on the following:
- Basic avalanche terminology
- Recognizing avalanche terrain
- Travel procedures in avalanche terrain
- Formation of the mountain snowpack
- How weather changes the snowpack
- Human factors and how they can influence decision-making
- Interpreting the avalanche forecast bulletin
- Tour planning
- Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills
- Field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather
- Basic use and interpretation of stability tests
- Use of the Backcountry Avalanche Checklist in the field to provide a system for prioritizing information, working as a team, and minimizing possible human factor traps
- Classroom decision-making scenarios to practice use of the checklist
- Next steps
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.
Ability Level: To take this course we strongly recommend that you are at least an intermediate to advanced level downhill skier or snowboarder. 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 variable snow conditions.
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.