Avalanche Level 1 Course  | Lost Trail Pass

Classroom Session: Takes place on February 8th & 9th in Missoula from 5:30-8:30 pm. Meets at the UofM Phyllis J. Washington Education Center (EDPJW) Room 214.

Field Section: Takes place on February 10th & 11th, meets at the ticket window of Lost Trail

Cost: $225

Course Description: This Level 1 class follows recommendations from the American Avalanche Association (A3). The level 1 course covers avalanche fundamentals in both a classroom setting and practical application while in the field. Course materials focus on terrain selection and travel protocols, along with snowpack assessment and weather evaluation. While in the field students will receive hands-on training and opportunity to further develop avalanche skills under the supervision of avalanche professionals. Students will practice rescue techniques through mock avalanche scenarios and experience firsthand what an avalanche search and rescue entails. These classes are great for individuals who are newly interested in backcountry travel or more experienced individuals looking to further develop their skills.

Course content includes:

  • Avalanche types and anatomy
  • Basic slab mechanics
  • Terrain
  • Snowpack and Weather
  • Decision Making and Human Factors
  • Companion Rescue

Registration: Call or visit the UM Outdoor Program (East end of the UM Fitness Center) 406-243-5172 or register online at https://register.campusrec.umt.edu/Program/GetProgramDetails?courseId=419b1989-538f-40a4-a20a-2fc9031da084&semesterId=9a665e98-1cc0-40bd-8262-688979d93466