Recreational Level 1 Avalanche Course

Your Foundation for Mountain Winter Travel

The Level 1 avalanche course is your foundation for winter backcountry travel. This 24-hour course is geared toward advanced skiers and riders who want to start exploring the snowy mountains. Along with the Avalanche Rescue course, the Level 1 will provide you with an introduction to avalanche hazard assessment, tools to make go/no go decisions, rescue and how to travel in avalanche terrain.

We Will Cover

  • Trip planning

  • Avalanche rescue techniques

  • Avalanche types and formation

  • Identifying avalanche terrain

  • Using the avalanche advisory

  • Backcountry psychology

  • Decision making techniques

  • Snow, weather and avalanche observations

  • Snow instability tests

  • Selecting a low risk route

  • Travel techniques

Pre-Requisites

  • Advanced downhill ability. You must be able to ski or splitboard black diamond resort runs without falling.

  • Ability to use your backcountry gear including your bindings and skins.

  • 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. This is not a backcountry riding course.

Dates

  • Dec 12-16, 2018 (Lead Instructor: Joe Stock, Instructor: Nick D'Alessio, Instructor: Elliot Gaddy). Full - Please send form to be added to the waitlist.

    • Dec 12, Weds, 6-9pm, classroom session at Alaska Rock Gym.

    • Dec 13, Thurs, 6-9pm, classroom session at Alaska Rock Gym.

    • Dec 15, Sat, 8am-5pm, morning meeting and field session, plan A: Turnagain Pass, plan B: Hatcher Pass or other Anchorage area.

    • Dec 16, Sun, 8am-5pm, morning meeting and field session, plan A: Turnagain Pass, plan B: Hatcher Pass or other Anchorage area.

Cost: $450 per person

Includes

  • 24 hours of professional instruction. 8 hours of indoor lecture. 16 hours of field instruction.

  • 5:1 max student to instructor ratio

  • Class handouts

  • Backcountry checklist field card

  • Avalanche rescue field card

  • Certificate of completion

Does Not Include

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