Level 1 Avalanche Course, $TBA
(2 courses, 14 spaces per course)
The Level I avalanche course will be an interactive program covering the fundamentals of avalanche hazards including awareness and stability assessments. This is a three day, 24 hour course consisting of 40% class room based and 60% in- the-field study. Instructors and students may be traveling in and around avalanche terrain. 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.
Level 1 Course Dates
Jan. 31-Feb. 2, 2014
Feb. 7-9, 2015
Youth 2-Day Course, $TBA
(1 course, # of spaces TBA)
Youth 2-Day Course Dates
Level 2 Avalanche Course
Various classes to choose from: offered through Aerie Backcountry Medicine.
Instructors for the Avalanche Courses
Our instructional staff consists of highly qualified individuals from our community. We are pleased to have Ted Steiner, Eric Peitzsch, Mark Dundas, Adam Clark, and Jenny Cloutier. Each are active and experienced trainers and backcountry enthusiasts. In order to meet or exceed American Avalanche Association (AAA) guidelines of student-to-instructor ratio each course will have one lead instructor and two co-instructors.
All lectures and field study will be held at Whitefish Mountain Resort. All courses will meet on the first dayt at the WMR Base Lodge, Mt. Jackson Room. Ensuing days consist of lectures at the Summit House and field study in the backcountry immediately surrounding the Whitefish Mountain Resort.
Lift Ticket & Access
The resort is providing day use tickets for students and/or instructors who do not have a season pass. During our field study days the resort will also grant students and instructors lift access at 8:30 am.
Course Registration & Cancellation Policy
Registration is made via the links below. Full payment is required at the time of registration.
Cancellations recieved up to 14 days prior to the registered course may be eligible to receive a full refund less a $50 service fee. Cancellations within 14 days of the registered course will not be eligible for a refund.
Cancellations are accepted via the Eventbrite website. BMSP Inc. must receive the cancellation by the stated cancellation deadline.