2017 Snowmachine Avalanche Course Offerings
1-day Classroom Session: January 29 or February 11, 2017- $125 for adults/ $75 for students 14-17 years of age
Red Flags: Recognition of Avalanche Hazard and Fundamentals of Avalanche Safety. Location: Glacier Ranger Station, Girdwood.
1-day Field Session: February 12, 2017- $175 for adults/ $125 for students 14-17 years of age.
Green Lights: Core Concepts in Avalanche Safety- Travel in Avalanche Terrain. Location: Turnagain Pass *must complete classroom session before participation in field session*
AVALANCHE SKILLS TRAINING- LEVEL 1 COURSE: March 4 & 5, 2017- $375 for adults/ $300 for students 14-17 years of age.
This two-day course is an excellent introduction to avalanche terrain recognition skills, snowpack theory, rescue efficiency, and overall risk management. Day 1 classroom session covers information related to "how not to get caught." In day two's field session we practice what we learned in the classroom about prevention and rescue skills (which is no longer about safety but about how to prevent loss from an accident). Location: Trapper Creek
Avalanche Skills Training: Level 1
Every Trip Should Be A Round Trip!
This is the course where you’ll learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and how to self rescue. This course is two days with both classroom and field components. You need to take this course first and so should your friends because just one person trained in a group is not enough. Everyone in your group should have training in avalanche recognition and avoidance. Recognize an AST 1 course is only the beginning - the avalanche pros will tell you avalanche training is a life long process.
What you will learn:
- avalanche formation and release
- identify avalanche terrain
- the basics of trip planning
- optimal use of tools and resources like the avalanche forecasts to mitigate your avalanche risk
- use appropriate travel techniques in avalanche terrain
- intro to companion rescue
Course Time: 2 days
Day 1: 8-hours highly interactive class
Day 2: 8-9 hours of hands on field exercises.
Additional Information for All Snowmachine Students
Custom Courses for Snowmachiners
We offer courses customized to the interests and schedules of your organization or group—military, school group, etc. Custom courses include curriculum from one of our standard courses (Level 1, 2, BC 101, and motorized curricula are very popular) taught by professional instructors at the location of your choice.
AAS also offers the opportunity to arrange a day of backcountry skiing or riding with a professional instructor, who can give you or your small group a more personalized “private lesson” to hone your avalanche skills and decision-making.