Rec 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 advanced skiers and splitboarders who want to start exploring the wild wintry mountains. It is an intensive, 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

  • 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


  • Intermediate to advanced riding ability. Ability to ski or splitboard up and downhill in variable terrain and changing snow conditions.

  • Fitness for two consecutive full days in the mountains.

  • Be prepared to remain outside all day in cold and foul weather.

  • Read Avalanche Essentials by Bruce Tremper.

  • Complete a course pre-test.

  • Read the Turnagain Pass advisory daily during the week before the course.

  • Practice with your field gear before you show up. This is not a backcountry ski course.

  • Wilderness First Aid course recommended


  • December 12-16, 2018 (Lead Instructor: Joe Stock, Instructor: Nick D'Alessio, Assistant: Elliot Gaddy)


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

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

  • Dec 15, Sat, 8am-6pm, morning meeting and Turnagain Pass field session

  • Dec 16, Sun, 8am-6pm, 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

  • Class handouts

  • Backcountry Checklist field card

  • Certificate of completion

Does Not Include

  • Transportation to and from the trailhead.

  • Lodging, food and drink.

  • Personal gear and avalanche rescue gear. See Avalanche Course Gear List.

  • Avalanche Essentials, by Bruce Tremper

  • Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.

To Book

  • Check availability on the calendar.

  • Contact the lead instructor with any questions.

  • Booking link coming soon.

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