WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
AVALANCHE TRAINING COURSE
We are excited to announce that we have partnered with the American Avalanche Institute to offer Avalanche Level 1 Certificate. The course and instruction is led by Wasatch Mountain Guide Instructors. You’ll complete self-paced online learning plus two field days in the backcountry of the Wasatch Mountains.
You will gain avalanche knowledge and skills. The online course is made up of videos, a workbook and an online study guide. After passing all sections within the online course, you’ll spend 2 days in the field. During the field days, you’ll sort and prioritize information in the complex environment of the backcountry.
The online course will introduce you to avalanche concepts including avalanche terminology, recognizing avalanche terrain, travel procedures in avalanche terrain, formation of the mountain snowpack, how weather changes the snowpack, human factors, interpreting the avalanche forecast bulletin, planning, rescue skills, field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather, stability testing and more.
The second part of the Avalanche Level 1 Training Course is spent applying your knowledge in the backcountry over two full days. This offer includes four available dates (see below). However, if you’d like to book a separate days, please contact us as we offer custom date packages. Note: the discounted rate only applies to the below dates.
- 24 hrs. of Instruction (2 field days + evening virtual meeting + Self-paced online learning course)
- The online portion of this course was produced and developed by the American Avalanche Institute and is focused on the Backcountry Avalanche Checklist. This is a systemic approach to decision making in the complex backcountry environment.
- The online course can be done at your own pace and is rich with informative videos and discussions. Each section has a quiz that must be completed in order to continue. The quizzes can be reviewed, complete with explanations on the correct answers.
- There is a workbook that goes along with the online course, which dives even deeper into the learning. Conveniently there are also note outlines to assist with your studies.
- The field days will be full 8hour days based in Big or Little Cottonwood Canyon, and will cover:
Terrain Assessment, Safe Travel, Snowpack and Weather, Tour Planning, Field Ops and Stability Test Use and Interpretation, Rescue (including beacon search, probing techniques, and strategic shoveling).