Veterans Specific Level 1
Silverton Avalanche School has and continues to relish the honor of working with military units over the years and our faculty cherish the bonds they’ve formed with service-members. With outdoor therapy and recreational programs becoming a viable, adjunct treatment for prevalent ailments affecting the veteran community, we are proud to have found an impactful way to give back to this important demographic.
SAS’s Level 1 for Veterans provides an opportunity for the development of individual competence and essential backcountry skill sets. Additionally, this program has been designed to inspire and support veterans’ transition into a fulfilling and potential new career as Adventure Educators.
This pioneering program incorporates Avalanche Education, Backcountry Leadership and Field Facilitation Training. We’re focused on building a base foundation of veteran facilitators seeking new opportunities in the civilian space.
Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
Our Recreational AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Program 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 Recreational 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.
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 companion rescue, 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.
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.