Motorized Level 1- Avalanche Fundamentals
The Level 1 avalanche course is an interactive program covering the fundamentals of avalanche hazards including awareness and stability assessments. This three day, 24-hour course consists of 40% classroom time and 60% in-the-field study. Instructors and students travel in and around avalanche terrain on the Flathead National Forest. The Classroom portion will take place at the Hungry Horse Ranger Station. Possible field locations include Canyon Creek and the west side of the Hungry Horse Reservoir. $200 per student.
Transportation is on your own. Provide your own lunches. Wear appropriate clothing and helmet. You are required to have a fully operational modern avalanche transceiver (457kHz), an avalanche shovel (no plastic blades) and an avalanche probe. Also, you must have your own registered snowmobile/snowbike that is in good working order.
The course will be following American Avalanche Association guidelines focusing on:
- Recognizing and traveling in avalanche terrain.
- Reading, interpreting and using avalanche forecast along with field observations to make competent decision-making plans when entering avalanche terrain.
- The use of, and rescue skills associated with avalanche transceivers.
- Field observations of snowpack, weather, and terrain along with the elements of snowpack formation.
- The use and interpretation of stability tests.
- The human factors that contribute to the decision making process.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this course.