Ski Mountaineering and Avalanche Course in Wasatch

3 days
All ages
1–6 people

Get a ski up and head start on your avalanche and mountaineering knowledge this winter with awesome and thorough three day course taught in Utah's majestic Wasatch Mountains.

Skiing and mountaineering and avalanche education

This course covers Avalanche Level 1 curriculum, meeting the guidelines and syllabus of the American Avalanche Association. All participants will focus on operating in high consequence ski mountaineering terrain.

Here’s a basic itinerary

In sum, count on covering Avalanche basics, characteristics and terrain. Also, key components of snowpack and weather. You’ll learn best practices for information gathering, planning, communication and decision making, in addition to gaining proficiency in making relevant fields observations.

At the end of the course, participants will have a good understanding of the following and much more!
  • You can count on learning to access local avalanche bulletins and learn how to understand and apply your findings in the field. Also, participants will know key components of avalanche formation and be able to describe where and why they occur.
  • You’ll know how to use risk management tools, be versed in safety equipment, trailhead checks and communication
  • How to address the Human Factor and hone group management skills, in addition to companion rescue and other practical field based skills
  • Participants should have a good level of backcountry exposure and comfort
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Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Josh Beckner

Josh has a wide breadth of experience that he’s gained on over 20 international expeditions in 9 countries. He’s climbed and skied big routes in the Himalaya, Karakoram, Northern Andes, Coast Range (BC), Patagonia, and the Arctic. He has put up significant first ascents on alpine walls up to 3,000 feet high in some of the most remote corners on the planet.

With his personal expedition experience serving as the backbone of his career, Josh has focused his efforts in outdoor education on sharing the lessons that he has learned in the mountains with his students. He has honed his craft while working as a Guide for Exum Mountain Guides, an Instructor at the University of Utah, as a Senior NOLS Instructor, and as an instructor for various organizations throughout the country.

Josh created the School for International Expedition Training with a vision to train aspiring mountain guides and outdoor educators so that they can learn the risk management skills they need to stack the odds in their favor while developing their skills. He feels that the expedition is the perfect medium for grappling with, and understanding life’s greatest lessons, and he loves mentoring students through that process!

During his 9 year tenure with NOLS, Josh played an integral part in developing the NOLS rock climbing program in Argentina and served as a Program Supervisor for the Mountaineering and Rock Climbing Program in the US. He helped develop the rock rescue program and protocols and has authored numerous articles for the institution.

Josh received his BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, is an AMGA/IFMGA Guide (Certified in Rock, Alpine, Ski), AMGA SPI Course/Exam Provider, holds a Level 3 Avalanche Certification, is an AAA Pro Member, holds a current WFR and CPR, is an Adjunct Instructor for Green Mountain College and the University of Utah, and has received 2 awards from the American Alpine Club for his international climbing endeavors.