Course Description


24 hours of instruction | 2 evening classroom sessions  + 2 days within field component

Date | Location: 

3.12.20 – 3.13.20 Classroom Component | University of Montana, Missoula Campus (evening sessions)

3.14.20 – 3.15.20 Field Component | Lolo Pass (all day)

Price: $275.00

Avalanche Level 1 | Snowshoers & Nordic Skiers
The level 1 course is designed specifically for snowshoers and nordic skiers who recreate in the backcountry. The curriculum focuses on learning the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. Utilizing the latest American Avalanche Association (A3) guidelines instructors deliver systematic approaches for sorting and prioritizing information within 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


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


What is included:

  1. Professional instruction
  2. Course workbooks
  3. Classroom and field instruction
  4. Lift tickets (unless otherwise noted), if the course is operating out of a ski area

What is not included:

  1. Transportation to and from the trailhead or ski area
  2. Personal gear
  3. Avalanche rescue gear
  4. Food


Avalanche Level 1 Snowshoers & Nordic Skiers | Lolo Pass

  • If notice of cancellation is received within 30 days of the course we will offer a full refund. If notice is received 14-30 days before the course we will offer a 50% refund of course costs. If notice of cancellation is received within 14 days of the course no refund can be given.
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