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Cooke City | Montana

Avalanche Level 1 in Cooke City

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Skill level

Any level

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1 – 5 people

Come spend three days taking our Avalanche Level 1 course at the Woody Creek Cabin the Absaroka Range just above Cooke City, MT. Located just below the treeline, it’s a great place to learn about terrain and snowpack.

Going into the backcountry is easy and fun. Making safe decisions aren’t always straightforward when you’re in the field. A fundamental part of any backcountry adventurer’s toolkit is avalanche awareness.

During the three-day course, participants will be exposed to techniques and skills required to be a competent backcountry partner. Each day will include a combination of lectures and field sessions. Students will get plenty of hands on experience learning about:

  • Snowpack layering and formation
  • Snowpack tests and other observations and how they relate to avalanche forecast
  • Terrain Identification (avalanche paths, slope shape, aspect, slope angle)
  • Terrain management (uphill and downhill travel)
  • Mountain Weather Concepts (wind, precipitation, temperatures)
  • Snow climates
  • Avalanche types and concepts
  • Decision making skills
  • Interpreting the Avalanche Bulletin (hazard rating and type)
  • Beacon use and rescue training
  • Skiing some powder!
Prerequisites for avalanche education

All participants need to be comfortable making ascents and descents in a variety of snow conditions.

We also recommend reading
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper
  • Snow Sense by Doug Fesler and Jill Fredston

All of our coursework is based on the guidelines of the American Avalanche Association.

  • For a complete syllabus, click here.

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What you get in this adventure:

  • Lodging, food and all course materials
  • 3% resort tax


Once you book your course, we’ll contact you about what gear you need to bring!

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