Education

Flathead Avalanche Center 2014 Education                       Additional courses will be added as they are scheduled. 

COMMUNITY AVALANCHE AWARENESS EVENING – March 6

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Join the newly formed Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center (FOFAC) for avalanche related discussions followed by an opportunity to socialize with other winter backcountry enthusiasts.

Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Royal Order of the Moose hall in Whitefish.
230 10th St W
Whitefish, MT 59937
(406) 862-2669

Program: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Social: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

PROGRAM PRESENTERS:

  • “What’s new with FAC? ’13/14 – Seasonal snowpack summary, events overview, and spring expectations.”- Erich Peitzsch – Flathead Avalanche Center Director
  • “:The Merits of Avalanche Risk Assessment” – Ted Steiner – BNSF Avalanche Safety Program.
  • “We are the Friends of the Flathead Avalanche Center” – Member of the organizing team of the newly formed “Friends” group.
 
For more information, call the Flathead Avalanche Center at 406.261.9873. 
 

 Motorized Specific Avalanche Safety Classes

Flathead Snowmobile Association and the Flathead Avalanche Center are presenting a motorized specific backcountry safety education program for sharing information relating to avalanche safety.  We will be having a series of “seminars” where we can all get together and discuss the evenings’ topics, share ideas, and learn from each other.  Join us March 14, 8:00 p.m. at Penco. We are working with the Flathead Snowmobile Association for the second in a series of motorized specific backcountry safety seminars. The topic is “TERRAIN SELECTION AND TRAVEL”.
For more information: email fac.admin@flatheadavalanche.org or call 406.261.9873.


Introduction to Avalanches 

An introductory course with two evening classroom sessions and one field day.  Two separate courses.  No cost.

  • Dec. 18 and 19 (6PM to 8:30PM) at the Flathead National Forest Office in Kalispell and Dec. 21 at Whitefish Mountain Resort.
  • Jan. 22 and 23 (6PM to 8:30 PM) at the Flathead National Forest Office in Kalispell and Jan. 25 at a field site to be determined.  Plan to have this session more snowmobile focused.

For more information, contact Seth Carbonari at scarbonari@fs.fed.us or 406-387-3832.  Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated.

 

Big Mountain Ski Patrol 2014 Avalanche Courses

Avalanche Level 1

  • Jan. 31 – Feb. 2, 2014
  • Feb. 21 – 23, 2014

Avalanche Level 2

  • Feb. 27 – Mar. 2, 2014

Scholarships are available. In addition, BMSP is offering an Avalanche Level 1 Youth Scholarship for one high school student in Flathead, Lake, Lincoln or Glacier Counties. Scholarship application deadline is January 12th. 

More information is available from:

Big Mountain Ski Patrol Inc.

 

Courses in and around Missoula

Level 1 AIARE Courses at Downing Mountain Lodge

  • Jan. 14 – 16, 2014
  • Jan. 17 – 19, 2014

Price is $475 and includes all food, course materials and lodging the 14th – 15th or the 17th – 18th.

Call (406) 838-6617 or e-mail avalanche.education@gmail.com for more information or to sign up.

January 10 – 13 – Level 1 Avalanche Class @ Yurtski

Friday, January 10th, 2014

January 10 – 13 – Level 1 Avalanche Class @ Yurtski Level 1 Class at Yurtski. This class follows recommendations from the American Avalanche Association. Dudley Improta AAA Certified instructor wil … read more »

January 17-20 – Level 1 Avalanche Class @ Yurtski

Friday, January 17th, 2014

January 17-20 – Level 1 Avalanche Class @ Yurtski Level 1 Class at Yurtski. This class follows recommendations from the American Avalanche Association. Dudley Improta AAA Certified instructor wi … read more »

January 22, 23, 25, 26 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in Missoula – This Class is Full

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

January 22, 23, 25, 26 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in Missoula follows the Level 1 recommendations of the American Avalanche Association. There are two evening sessions and two full field days. Class is … read more »

January 28 & 29 – Avalanche Awareness Workshop, University of Montana – Free

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

January 28 & 29 – Avalanche Awareness Workshop, University of Montana – This workshop consists of two evening lectures and a field trip. The field trip will be conducted for skiers and snowboarder … read more »

February 6, 7, 8, 9 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in the Bitterroot

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

February 6, 7, 8, 9 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in the Bitterroot – follows the Level 1 recommendations of the American Avalanche Association. There are two 4 hour classroom sessions and two field day … read more »

February 19,20,22,23 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in Missoula – 3 spots left as of 12/3/13

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

February 19,20,22,23 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in Missoula follows the Level 1 recommendations of the American Avalanche Association. There are two evening sessions and two full field days. Class is 5 … read more »

February 27, 28, March 1, 2 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in the Bitterroot

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

February 27, 28, March 1, 2 – Level 1 Avalanche Class in the Bitterroot – follows the Level 1 recommendations of the American Avalanche Association. There are two 4 hour classroom sessions and two f … read more »