A3 Avalanche Courses
Being safe in the mountains in the winter time ultimately means having a solid understanding of avalanches and how they are caused. It doesn't matter whether you are a skier, snowboarder, or winter Alpinist avalanches are a major threat of winter recreationists Terrain, Weather, and Triggers (sometimes yourself) all combine to create the avalanche triangle. This trilogy combines to create a deadly combination if you don't have the skills to avoid a bad situation.
Unfortunately for backcountry skiers and snowboarders the best terrain, that we most often love to ride, is also the terrain that most often creates fatal avalanches. For this reason, it is imperative that we be well-educated in what to do in the event of an avalanche. We need to know the warning signs as well as what to do in the event of an accident.
In our course offering, we have both Avalanche Levels I and II. Level I is an introduction into the basic understanding of the avalanche triangle (mentioned above) and how to avoid getting yourself caught in bad situations as well as basic rescue. The Level II course is for more avid backcountry users or aspiring professionals. This course expands on the knowledge base gained in the first course then goes deeper into the snow science and test to more accurately forecast avalanche potential.
Finally, the last course that we offer is Avalanche Rescue Clinic an 8-hour clinic required to complete you Avalanche level 1 training. It is designed to teach backcountry users the basics state of the art avalanche rescue equipment and how to perform an improvised rescue or overnight in the middle of winter using the equipment the average skier might have on hand. In conjunction with proper avalanche education is crucial to safe winter backcountry travel.