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Avalanche Level 1 | Lolo Pass Backcountry | Full

January 3 @ 6:00 pm - January 8 @ 6:00 pm



Two (2) evening Zoom sessions + Two (2) full-day field components

Student-to-instructor ratio: 4 to 1

Maximum class size: 12 participants

Date | Location: 

Tuesday 1.3.23 & Thursday 1.5.23 | Online Classroom Session 6 – 10 PM MST | 8 Hours Total

Saturday 1.7.23 & Sunday 1.8.23  | Lolo Pass Backcountry | 8 AM – 4 PM MST | 16 Hours Total

Price: $520.00

Avalanche Level 1

The Avalanche Level 1 course is 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, A3 Pro educators cover systematic approaches for sorting and prioritizing information 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 the backcountry focused on the following learning objectives.

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:

  • Professional instruction
  • Course workbooks
  • Online classroom and field instruction
  • Lift tickets for courses operating out of a ski area

Participants provide:

  • Transportation to and from each field section
  • Personal gear
  • Avalanche rescue gear
  • Food & water

Course Registration:

Sorry, this course is full. Please visit the education page for upcoming events and course offerings.


January 3 @ 6:00 pm
January 8 @ 6:00 pm
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West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation
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