3-DAY CAMP: Avalanche Course Level 1
January 8-10, 2021
Rate: $640/ per person plus tax/fees
Core curriculum includes:
Avalanche Basics and Characteristics
Recognizing Avalanche Terrain
Identifying Avalanche Problems
Snowpack and Weather
Planning, Communication and Decision-making
Making Relevant Observations
Terrain and Travel
Basic Avalanche Companion Rescue
Join Senior Teton Backcountry Guide and professional avalanche instructor Kate Koons for this three-day Level I Avalanche Curriculum established by the American Avalanche Association. Camp is limited to eight participants and is open to both skiers and riders. Kate is a professional member of the American Avalanche Association (AAA) – a highly esteemed designation for avalanche professionals showing significant experience. She manages the professional courses for AAA instructors.
Course includes three full days of Level 1 avalanche education, two nights slopeside yurt lodging, two dinners and two breakfasts at yurt (BYO lunches), rental of avalanche safety equipment, sleeping bag, and porter to carry supplies to the yurt.
4-DAY CAMP: Avalanche Course Recreational Level 2+
- Level 1 Avalanche course
- The ability to ski or ride in ungroomed snow
- Previous touring experience and ability to travel up hill for several hours
- The desire to learn!
This course exceeds the 24-hour requirements for a Recreational Level 2 course as outlined by the American Avalanche Association. Course and field time will be approximately 34 hours. This is a great prep course for those who aspire to take the Pro Level 1 course.
This four-day course covers a full day in the classroom, a full day on Teton Pass, and a two day/one night yurt trip to Baldy Knoll. We’ll review Level 1 material and delve deeper into snow science, avalanche mechanics, and hazard assessment skills, including route finding in avalanche terrain. Documentation will also be covered and feedback given to those who wish to develop this skill. Be prepared for long days and lots of learning. We will make some turns too!
Course includes four full days of instruction (one in classroom, one on Teton Pass, and two at Baldy Knoll yurt), one night’s lodging at Baldy Knoll yurt (February 7), dinner and breakfast at the yurt (BYO lunches), rental of sleeping bag, avalanche safety equipment, and porter to carry supplies to the yurt.
Participants will need to provide their own lodging and meals for day one and day two, along with lunches while at the yurt.
(schedule is subject to change)
Day 1 — Indoor class
- Rescue review and multiple burials
- Plan tomorrow’s tour
- Homework – avalanche bulletin, weather summary and forecast
Day 2 — Day ski tour on Teton Pass
- Discuss avalanche and weather summary
- Terrain assessment and route finding
- Snow tests
Day 3 — Travel and ski tour with instruction to Baldy Knoll yurt
- Full profile class (inside)
- Full profiles (outside)
Day 4 — Ski tour with instruction and return to trailhead
- Review and next steps
- Day tour and instruction including terrain assessment, snow tests and documentation
- Return to trailhead and course closure