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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.

HATCHER PASS- NOLS FACILITY LOCATION - $395

December 9-11, 2017 Saturday- Monday                  *full with waitlist*              
 

December 22-24 , 2017 Friday- Sunday                       *full with waitlist*            

January 19-21, 2018 Friday- Sunday                          *full with waitlist*                           

February 3-5, 2018 Saturday- Monday

March 13-15, 2018 Tuesday-Thursday (Spring Break- great course for teens/parents!)

HATCHER PASS- INDEPENDENCE MINE LOCATION - $465

*Lodging included and smaller class size. 

January 5-7, 2018                                                            *full with waitlist*

January 30- February 1, 2018- Mid-week, Tuesday-Thursday

March 3-5, 2018

GIRDWOOD & TURNAGAIN PASS LOCATION -                                  $395

December 16 -18, 2017, Saturday - Monday                                                        *full with waitlist*                                                         

December 29 - 31, 2017, Friday - Sunday                                                               *full with waitlist*                                                        

January 13 -15, 2018, Saturday - Monday (Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day)                                                                                                                             *full with waitlist*                                                            

January 26 -28, 2018, Friday - Sunday                                                                  *full with waitlist*

February 17- 19, 2018 Saturday - Monday (Monday is President's Day)

February 24 -26, 2018, Saturday - Monday

 

                                                          

ALYESKA RESORT BASED COURSE  $395

February 27- March 1, 2018 Tuesday- Thursday

MANITOBA HUT BASED COURSE $465

*Lodging included and smaller class size.

March 10-12, 2018

JUNEAU LEVEL 1 COURSE - $425

December 26-28 2017, Tuesday- Thursday                                                         *full with waitlist*