Recreational Level 1 with Mountain Trip at Telluride: December 20th-22nd, 2019

$450.00

This course will be held in Telluride, Colorado in conjunction with Mountain Trip, a professional guiding company serving the Telluride region and beyond.

Course runs 3 days, 8am-5pm daily.

  • Dates: Friday, December 20th-Sunday, December 22nd 2019
  • Cost: $450 per person
  • Includes: Level 1 Course Manual, AIARE Waterproof Field Book, and AIARE Level 1 certificate upon successful completion of the course.
  • Not Included: Lodging, Food, Transportation, and Equipment. Some equipment is available for rent.
  • Venue: 135 W. Colorado Ave., Unit 2A • Telluride, Colorado 
  • Cancellation Policy: A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Telluride are closed.

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Description

Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

Lead with Mountain Trip and Silverton Avalanche School instructors and guides, our AIARE Recreational Level 1 course will teach you the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. The 3-day course effectively combines classroom time and field sessions to provide a comprehensive overview of avalanche hazard recognition and evaluation. This course is a nationally recognized Avalanche Level 1 Course.

This intensive, hands-on training will cover trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.  It is geared toward skiers, boarders, and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to build winter backcountry skills. 

Level 1 is for anyone who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course.  Aspiring professionals will need to take this Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.

This intensive, hands-on training will cover trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.  It is geared toward skiers, boarders, and other outdoor enthusiasts who want to build winter backcountry skills. 

Course Details

Morning sessions introduce avalanche concepts to students. Afternoon field sessions in backcountry terrain provide hands-on experience and ensure quality field time with our top-notch staff. Each day students travel into backcountry ski terrain in small groups with instructors.

These experiential sessions examine topics discussed in the classroom. All students will be able to practice route finding and terrain analysis, dig snowpits, and conduct stability tests. Unlike many avalanche courses, Silverton Avalanche School students gain practical training in the wild backcountry rather than a ski area. The redesigned Recreational Level 1 will include more field on route planning, terrain management, and hazard evaluation time, as 4-6 hours of field time in the past were needed to cover companion rescue.

Students receive valuable input, instant feedback, and vital insight from our instructors who are responsible for mitigating avalanche hazard in Class A avalanche terrain filled with one of the most dangerous snowpacks on earth, where avalanche hazard assessment and reduction is an everyday job. Instructors will help students acquire and enhance the critical skills, perceptual cues, and knowledge needed to make better decisions with greater accuracy and success.

Level 1 is for anyone who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course.  Aspiring professionals will need to take this Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.

Learning Outcomes

  • Improved Avalanche Judgement and Decision-making Skills
  • Expanded Situational Awareness and Perceptual Capacities
  • Human influence in group dynamics
  • Applying the Current Avalanche Bulletin to Tour Planning
  • Develop a trip plan based on snowpack and weather
  • Make and record field observations

About Mountain Trip

We’re excited to offer courses this winter in conjunction with Mountain Trip, the premiere choice for experienced guides on the world’s biggest mountains, offering professional guiding services in Telluride and beyond. Their staff has experience teaching and guiding all over the world in a variety of different snowpacks and mountain ranges. The San Juan Mountains are where they call home and choose to recreate, teach and guide. They bring this expertise and local knowledge to all of our avalanche courses in Telluride, Colorado.  Locals to the Telluride area are eligible for scholarships and partial tuition reimbursement through the Telluride Mountain Club in collaboration with the Peter Inglis Avalanche Education Fund. Learn more by visiting their website.