Know the snow and prepare for the unexpected. The Level 1 course is a 3 day (24 hour) introduction to avalanche hazard management.
Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).
A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and to give feedback to instructors on instructional tools. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future Level 2 courses.
Student learning outcomes:
At the end of the Level 1 the student should be able to:
- Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
- Recognize avalanche terrain.
- Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
- Learn and apply effective companion rescue.
Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction) :
1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
- Types and characteristics of avalanches
- Avalanche motion
- Size classification
- The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
2. Observations and Information Gathering
- Field observation techniques
- Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
- Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
- Observation checklist
- Avalanche danger scale
3. Trip Planning and Preparation
- Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
- Route finding and travel techniques
- Decision making and Human Factors
4. Companion Rescue and Equipment
- 16 years of age or older
- Able to travel in avalanche terrain
- Required equipment for all avalanche courses: Equipment List
Dates | Course Location | Cost:
- January 24th – 26th, 2020 #
Locations: Schweitzer Mountain, ID (21 and under courses) | Lookout Pass, ID/MT (21 and under courses) | Mt. Spokane, WA | Flatiron Mountain, MT (all course types) | Cabinet Mountains, MT (all course types) | Downing Mountain Lodge, Hamilton, MT (backcountry-based courses) | Wallowa Mountains, OR (all course types)
It should be noted: All course locations are subject to permitting and condition considerations and will be finalized a month out. However, all course locations are within driving distance of each other.
# Pricing includes certified AAA/AIARE Field Instructors, AIARE Field Notebook, AAA/AIARE Student Manual, AAA/AIARE 1 completion card, and other benefits. Additional discounts/incentives given for private groups 8 and above (except backcountry-based courses). Lodging discounts available possible for these courses through our partner businesses. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from course venue and meals.
* Includes all of the above, lodging, and a deep discount offered through our partnership program. Participants are responsible for transportation to and from course venue and meals.
^Includes all of the above, shuttling of gear to course areas, breakfast, and dinners. Participants responsible for transportation to and from course venue and bringing specialty snacks and food for lunches.
Please note: Youth (between the ages of 16 – 21) and women are strongly encouraged to apply for a scholarship through SOLE’s Kip Rand Scholarship Fund. Contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.