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Avalanche Level 1 | Lolo Pass Backcountry

February 22 @ 6:00 pm - February 27 @ 6:00 pm



2 part classroom component + 2-day field component

Student to instructor ratio 4:1

Class size: 12 participants

Date | Location: 

Classroom Component | Tuesday 2.22.22 & Thursday 2.24.22 | Zoom Virtual Classroom  6 – 10 PM MST | 8 Hours Total

Field Component | Saturday 2.26.22 & Sunday 2.27.22  | Lolo Pass Backcountry 8 AM – 4 PM MST | 16 Hours Total

Price: $450.00

Avalanche Level 1

The Avalanche Level 1 course curriculum is designed for current and aspiring backcountry travelers. This course focuses on developing a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and backcountry travel skills. Following the American Avalanche Association (A3) guidelines, instructors cover systematic approaches for sorting and prioritizing information in the complex decision-making environment in the backcountry. Forty percent of the course is classroom-based, and sixty percent is field-based. Participants complete two evening classroom sessions and spend two full days traveling in and around backcountry 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
  • Prioritizing information, working as a team, and minimizing possible human factor traps
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Course includes:

  • All workbooks and instruction.

Participants provide:

  • Their own Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding Equipment
  • Avalanche Beacon, Shovel, Probe
  • Transportation to and from the course location
  • Their own food and water on field days 



Course Registration:


February 22 @ 6:00 pm
February 27 @ 6:00 pm
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