Avalanche Awareness Field Day

Date | Location: 

2.9.19  | Montana Snowbowl


8:00 AM – 3:00 PM MST

Price: $30

Overview | Field Day

The introduction to avalanches lecture series is a two-part lecture followed by an on snow field day. This series provides participants with a prerequisite for an upcoming avalanche level 1 course and opportunity for refreshing their skills. Each component builds upon the previous section and is designed for both current and aspiring backcountry travelers. In order to register for the field day, participants must have attended both Parts I and II.

The Introduction to Avalanches Filed Day engages with participants in the snow and provides a safe opportunity for honing skills. The field component is lead by professionals that help guide participants through identifying layers in the snowpack and practicing with transceivers, shovels, and probes. This section includes a discussion on terrain, decision making, snowpit tests and how to interpret test results.

Topics Covered:
– Types of Avalanches
– Avalanche Terrain
– Snowpack Types
– Weather Considerations
– Avalanche Advisory Information
– Trip Planning and Preparation
– Travel Techniques
– Education Opportunities

Details and itinerary:

  • Particpants meet instructors at 8 AM (location TBA)
  • Dress warmer than you would for a normal day of skiing/snowboarding as we will be spending time practicing rescue skills and analyzing the snowpack.
  • Bring food/snacks for a day in the field
  • You will need to arrive with equipment that allows for efficient snow travel.
  • A beacon, shovel, and probe are not required materials. If you recently purchased these items, this is a great opportunity to bring them with you to practice and become better acquainted with your equipment.
  • Field component concludes approximately 2:30 PM MST