Level 1 Avalanche Course - 3 days

The Level 1 Avalanche Course is a 3 day program that includes six hours of classroom instruction followed by two days of field work. Completing this course fulfills the American Avalanche Association guidelines for Level 1.


Cost: $340

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The Avalanche Awareness 2-day program includes one field trip day following the class session. The single field trip day is taught like a regular ski or snowshoe tour, but the focus is on transceiver skills training, rescue training and snow pit skills. It is a very full program packed with information and training, but the amount of time spent on these fundamental skills limits the amount of time for travel. The Level 1 Avalanche Course includes TWO field trips. The second trip must occur after the first AA FT day. If you selected the 2 or 3 day class sequence, it is OK to take the field trip after the first class session, but the second field trip should be taken after the completion of the classes.

We cover much more ground and consequently are able to teach much more terrain evaluation and decision-making. Good physical fitness is required for this course. Snow pit work is reviewed and human factors are discussed at length, as well.  More travel allows students to experience the snow on several aspects while enjoying a lengthy tour under the instructional guidance of a professional guide with many years of experience in avalanche country. It takes much longer to learn the mysteries of snow stability than it does to learn to choose safe terrain. With two solid days of field instruction stressing terrain evaluation, students have a good start on the skills needed to be able to safely gain snow experience.

“When stability is the question, terrain is the answer.”


Class locations and directions. Equipment Checklist.


Interested in a private Level 1 Avalanche Course - 3 Day program (six hours of classroom instruction and two field trip days)? Just Ask! Discounts for groups of 6 or more.


All currently open Avalanche Education lectures and field trips are shown below. If the one(s) you are already rostered in are not shown it is because either the dates are full or it is less than 2 weeks away.

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Lecture and Field Trip dates are also listed on the registration page.


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Avalanche classes based on American Avalanche Association education guidelines