Recreational Level 1 Avalanche Course
Your Foundation for Mountain Winter Travel
A Level 1 avalanche course is your foundation for winter backcountry travel. This course is geared toward intermediate to advanced skiers and splitboarders who want to start exploring the wild wintry mountains. It is a hands-on course that will provide you with the skills necessary to recognize and evaluate avalanche hazard. This course consists of 24 hours of classroom and field training.
We Will Cover
Avalanche rescue techniques
Avalanche types and formation
Identifying avalanche terrain
Using the avalanche advisory
Decision making techniques
Snow, weather and avalanche observations
Snow instability tests
Selecting a low risk route
Advanced downhill ability. You must be able to ski or splitboard black diamond resort runs without falling.
Fitness for two consecutive full days in the mountains, skinning up about 2-3,000 vertical feet each day.
Be prepared to remain outside all day in cold and foul weather.
Wilderness First Aid course recommended.
Pre Course Homework
Complete a pre-course quiz.
Watch Rescue at Cherry Bowl.
Read Avalanche Essentials by Bruce Tremper.
Review the Backcountry Access rescue videos.
Read the cnfaic.org Turnagain Pass advisory daily during the weeks before the course.
Practice with your field gear so you're ready to go. This is not a backcountry riding course.
December 12-16, 2018 (Lead Instructor: Joe Stock, Instructor: Nick D'Alessio, Instructor: Elliot Gaddy)
Dec 12, Weds, 6-9pm, Alaska Rock Gym, classroom session
Dec 13, Thurs, 6-9pm, Alaska Rock Gym, classroom session
Dec 15, Sat, 8am-5pm, morning meeting and Turnagain Pass field session
Dec 16, Sun, 8am-5pm, morning meeting and Turnagain Pass field session
Cost: $450 per person
24 hours of professional instruction. 8 hours of indoor lecture. 16 hours of field instruction.
5:1 max student to instructor ratio
Backcountry checklist field card
Avalanche rescue field card
Certificate of completion
Does Not Include
Lodging, food and drink.
Transportation to and from the trailhead.
Avalanche Essentials, by Bruce Tremper.
Personal gear and avalanche rescue gear. See Avalanche Course Gear List.
Rescue and trip insurance (recommended). See Reservation, Cancellation and Insurance Policy for details.