Course Description


Two evening classroom sessions followed by two days in the backcountry and two nights at the lodge.

Date | Time | Location 

2.21.19 – 2.22.19  Classroom Component | 5:30 – 8:30 PM MST | Missoula, MT (location TBA)

2.23.19 – 2.24.19  Backcountry Field Component | Downing Mountain Lodge

2.25.19  Morning debriefing session | Downing Mountain Lodge departure (participants return home)

Price: $450.00


Avalanche Level 1 | sAvy 

This season’s new females only “SAVY” level 1 course is designed for current and aspiring female backcountry travelers. This course focuses on developing a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and backcountry travel skills. Following both the AIARE and American Avalanche Association (A3) curriculum, instructors cover systematic approaches for sorting and prioritizing information in the complex environment of decision-making in the backcountry.  Forty percent of the course is classroom based and the other sixty percent is field based. Participants will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.

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 and advisory
  • Tour planning
  • Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills
  • Field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather
  • Use and interpretation of stability tests
  • Implementing systems 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


Recommended Reading

  • Snow Sense, Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
  • Avalanche Essentials, Bruce Tremper

Additional Information

What is included:

  1. Professional instruction
  2. Course workbooks
  3. Classroom and field instruction
  4. Food
  5. Downing Mountain Lodging

What is not included:

  1. Transportation to and from the trailhead
  2. Personal gear
  3. Avalanche rescue gear

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us.