2 part classroom component + 2-day field component

Student to Instructor Ratio:

4 to 1

Date | Location: 

Classroom Component | Tuesday 2.23.21 & Thursday 2.25.21 | WEBCAST  6pm-10pm | 8 hours Total

Field Component | Saturday 2.27.21 &  Sunday 2.28.21 | Rattlesnake Wilderness 8am-4pm | 16 Hours Total

Price: $450.00

Avalanche Level 1
The level 1 course 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 environment of decision-making in the backcountry. Forty percent of the course is classroom-based and the other sixty percent is field-based. Participants will travel in the backcountry, in and around 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
  • Next steps

Courses Include:
All workbooks and instruction materials.
Lift tickets from the ski area.

Participants must Provide:
Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding equipment.
Avalanche Beacon, Shovel, Probe
Clothing that is appropriate for winter backcountry travel.
Transportation to the course location
Food, water, and snacks on field days. 


Classroom: All classroom session presentations will be provided over Zoom or Crowdcast. You will be provided login information after registering.