Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Level One Avalanche Course:
When:  Feb 18-20
Where:  Tournak Yurt
Who:  Conducted by Sun Valley Trekking
Cost:  $450
Included:  Food, Hut, Instruction

Level 1 Avalanche Clinic for Backcountry Skiers and Snowboarders


Course Description

This course is designed as an introduction to avalanche phenomena as it relates to backcountry skiers and snowboarders.  The course format will emphasize practical avalanche awareness and safety measures through hands-on learning.  The entire course will be based in the backcountry at one of Sun Valley Trekking’s deluxe huts.  Group food, lodging, course book, and instruction are included in trip cost.

Course Objectives
Students who complete this course should be able to:
~Identify avalanche terrain
~Identify basic snow crystal types
~ Relate how crystal type affects snowpack stability
~Identify strong and weak layers in the snowpack
~Test the snowpack to determine stability/instability
~Make basic backcountry weather forecasts
~Apply safe travel techniques
~Perform quick and efficient avalanche rescues

Course Prerequisites

This is a backcountry course that will require intermediate skiing/boarding ability and good physical fitness. No prior avalanche training is necessary, although some preliminary reading is recommended.  Contact us for a reading list and equipment list.

Course Structure:
Level 1 Courses are intensive three day clinics beginning on Saturday morning and finishing on Monday afternoon.  The entire course will be based in the backcountry and lodging will be at the Tornak backcountry ski hut at 8600’ in the Smokey Mountains, Idaho.  It is also possible to do custom courses, custom dates, based from town instead of a hut-based course.

Sun Valley Trekking

Post Office Box 1300  Hailey, Idaho Phone/fax (208) 788-1966

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