Snowmobile Level 1 Avalanche Fundamentals
Morning sessions introduce the concepts to students. Afternoon field sessions in backcountry terrain provide hands-on experience and ensure quality field time with our top-notch staff. Friday and Saturday afternoon, and most of Sunday, students travel into backcountry snowmobile terrain.
These experiential sessions examine topics discussed in the classroom. All students practice companion rescue, route finding and terrain analysis, dig snowpits, and conduct stability tests. All field excursions will be made on snowmobiles.
Our instructors for the Snowmobile Course include Mike Duffy, a pioneer in snowmobile avalanche education in Colorado. All instructors will have good riding skills along with excellent avalanche education skills.
The rugged San Juan Mountains surrounding Silverton have provided the ideal avalanche education classroom since 1962. The Silverton Avalanche School is a member of the American Avalanche Association (A3). Our instructors are avalanche professionals and are certified with AIARE, A3 and/or the Canadian Avalanche Association. Many instructors also have an advanced degree in snow science.