Avalanche Level 1 – Bear Valley, California

A3 Avalanche Level 1

Taught by A3 Certified Avalanche Instructor and A3 Professional Member
(A3)Avalanche Level 1 Course Curriculum is
Certified and Approved by the American Avalanche Association 

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3 Days / 24 Plus Hours / 60% Fieldwork/ $450.00

Avalanche PitA3 Avalanche Level 1 Course is the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain. Avalanche Level 1 course contains over 24  hrs of required instruction comprised of 8 hrs of classroom lecture, video, discussion, and a minimum of at least 16 hrs of fieldwork. Our courses are designed for all types of backcountry travelers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides. We use a variety of systems to learn how to evaluate avalanche hazards and to develop “your avalanche judgment.”The goal of the Avalanche Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow mechanics, avalanche hazards, the metamorphosis of slab formation, and appropriate terrain selection plus the basics of avalanche equipment use.  Our Avalanche Level 1 Course is taught through lectures, and presentation is giving the student a necessary foundation and understanding of the nature of avalanches and avalanche hazards.

Avalanche Level 1 Curriculum

Over half our time during this course (60% plus) is outside in the field for a series of hands-on observation tours, practical exercises and field studies to learn how to put this knowledge to work in the “real world.”  Outdoor segments will focus on proper techniques for a variety of information gathering techniques and provide opportunities to “read” the snow in real life situations.  Get hands-on with our staff in selecting proper terrain and making decisions that could save lives, one of which could be your own.

Our instructor staff is composed of the combination of certified avalanche instructors, ski patrollers, and professional backcountry ski and splitboard guides.  All of our staff members have real-world avalanche experience from years of guiding around the world.  They will be your instructors in some of the most critical hands-on learning that you could ever do.

Departure: Bear Valley, California
Meets at: California Ski Guides Office - Bear Valley Lodge
Group Size: Limited to  6 clients
Instructor to Client Ratio: 1:6
Prerequisites: Strongly Recommended: 1. Winter Travel and First Aid Skills,
2. Avalanche Awareness Program such as “Know before you go” or similar 3. Course provider’s recommended reading
Questions: Give Tim a call at 888.797.6867
Best Airport: Sacramento, California

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