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sAVY Women’s Avalanche Level 1 | Rattlesnake Wilderness | Full

January 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - January 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm



Women’s Only

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

Student-to-instructor ratio: 4 to 1

Maximum class size: 8 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  | Rattlesnake Wilderness, accessed from Montana Snowbowl | 8 AM – 4 PM MST | 16 Hours Total

Price: $520.00

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, educators 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 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
  • Next steps

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 additional course offerings.



January 3, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
January 8, 2023 @ 6:00 pm
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West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation
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