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Avalanche Level 1

This intensive, hands-on course is geared toward skiers, boarders, climbers, and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to build winter backcountry skills. The Level 1 course combines classroom time and field sessions to provide a comprehensive overview of avalanche hazard recognition and evaluation. By the end of the three-day course, graduates will be able to:

  • Make a trip plan
  • Gather pertinent information
  • Know what kind of avalanche problem they face
  • Know the patterns of that problem
  • Choose appropriate terrain for the conditions
  • Know safe travel techniques for that terrain
  • Know what to do if things go wrong

Prerequisites: Participants must be able to ski, snowshoe, splitboard, or snowshoe/snowboard up and downhill in variable terrain and changing snow conditions. Once enrolled, students are required to read Bruce Tremper’s Avalanche Essentials prior to the class start date. We have copies of this book for sale in our office, 1025 Orca Street, Unit 1 N. 

Field sessions take place each day, so students should be prepared to remain outside in a variety of weather conditions.


2017-2018 Level 1 Course Offerings

To sign up for a class, please click on the REGISTER button. Registered students, please download the STUDENT PACKET.           

February 24 -26, 2018, Saturday - Monday - GIRDWOOD & TURNAGAIN PASS LOCATION - $395         

February 27- March 1, 2018 Tuesday- Thursday ALYESKA RESORT BASED COURSE  $395

March 3-5, 2018 HATCHER PASS- HATCHER PASS- INDEPENDENCE MINE LOCATION - $465

March 10-12, 2018 MANITOBA HUT BASED COURSE $465   *Lodging included and smaller class size.

March 13-15, 2018 Tuesday-Thursday (Spring Break) HATCHER PASS - NOLS LOCATION - $395