Cooke City

Avalanche Level 1 Refresher/Companion Rescue

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1 - 5 people

Spend four days taking our Avalanche Level 1 Refresher 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.

Course Overview

This 2 day course will be based out of the Woody Creek Cabin in the Absaroka Range. This course is ideal for backcountry travelers with rusty or outdated avalanche skills or for people preparing for a Level 2 Avalanche Course. Participants will be exposed to techniques and skills required to become a competent backcountry partner. Outcomes of the course include:

  • Updated skills and knowledge (review)
  • Assessment of skills preparatory to Level 2
  • Recommendations for further development

This course will include a combination of lectures and field sessions, where students will get hands on experience in learning about snowpack layering, terrain management, weather elements, decision making, and rescue skills. The cost includes all your food for the course and lodging for Saturday night.

Here's an overview of what you'll learn
  • Recent changes in Level 1 content
  • Metamorphism and snow processes review
  • Basic pit diagram review & field book use
  • Trip planning: snowpack and weather conditions, route plan
  • Rescue scenarios
  • How to use and apply ones own avalanche and snow study tools
  • Route selection, stability assessment, recording field observations, travel protocols, ongoing use of decision making tools
  • Summary of stability findings or danger scale assessment
  • Recommendations for further skills development, preparation for Level 2 training.
  • There'll be ample time on Sunday for working out early season kinks in skills and gear
  • Sunday afternoon will be spent going for a ski tour and brushing up on uphill and downhill travel techniques and protocols
  • Completion of a Basic or Level 1 avalanche course is required
Recommended reading
  • Snow Sense  Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper
  • Avalanche Essentials by Bruce Tremper

This course is based on guidelines established by the American Avalanche Association.

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What's included?

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


Once you book your course, we'll contact you about what else you need to bring.

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