Rec Level 2 Avalanche Course

For Backcountry Riders in Remote Alaska

Can I ski the slope or not? The crux of riding in avalanche terrain is making good decisions. 

This 32-hour course is designed for the advanced skier/rider who wants to improve their game in avalanche terrain. We give you the skills to prepare at home wether you're going to the roadside slopes or flying into a remote zone. Then, when you get into the backcountry, how to gather more information and work with your partners to make the best decisions. This course is light on snow science and heavy on the practical application of learning skills to move through avalanche terrain. 

We Will Cover

  • Trip planning

  • Applying the advisory

  • Avalanche rescue techniques and exam

  • Terrain analysis

  • Travel techniques for complex terrain

  • Snow instability evaluation

  • Backcountry psychology

  • Decision making

  • Route selection

  • Travel procedures for complex terrain

  • Avalanche forecasting for remote Alaska

Pre-Requisites

  • Advanced skiing or splitboarding skills. You must be able to ski up and down slopes up to 40 degrees, in variable snow conditions, without falling.

  • At least a year (15 backcountry days) of applying avalanche avoidance skills since your Level 1 course.

  • Ability to consistently find and excavate one victim with a beacon, buried 1m deep, in 5 minutes.

  • Practice multiple beacon searches so you can find and excavate two victims, in close proximity, with beacons, buried 1m deep in 7 minutes.

  • Read Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper.

  • Wilderness First Responder course recommended.

Dates

  • January 16-21, 2019 (Lead Instructor: Joe Stock, Instructor: Nick D'Alessio, Assistant: Elliot Gaddy)

Cost: $600 per person

Itinerary

  • Jan 16, Weds, 6-9pm, Alaska Rock Gym, Anchorage classroom session

  • Jan 17, Thurs, 6-9pm, Alaska Rock Gym, Anchorage classroom session

  • Jan 19, Sat, 8am-6pm, morning meeting and Turnagain Pass field session

  • Jan 20, Sun, 8am-6pm, morning meeting and Turnagain Pass field session

  • Jan 21, Mon, 8am-6pm, morning meeting and Turnagain Pass field session

Includes

  • 32 hours of professional instruction. 9 hours of indoor lecture. 24 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.

  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper.

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

  • 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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