This three-day course consists of 26+ hours of instruction consisting of classroom lectures, videos, discussion, and of that, at least a minimum of 16+ hours of fieldwork. It begins at 8 am on the first day of the course.
Participants will not be traveling fast. You will ski/snowshoe over calculated routes that afford you the safest possible access to avalanche terrain. Stops will be made frequently for discussion of terrain, snow conditions, vegetation, weather, and anything related to avalanches. Your instructor will be thinking out loud, giving reasons for choosing a certain route or for not crossing a certain slope. Participants will put into practice all the techniques of field hazard evaluation.
The Avalanche Level 1 curriculum fulfills the National Avalanche Level 1 standard when taken with a one-day Avalanche Rescue Course and is certified by the American Avalanche Association (A3) and meets or exceeds requirements for the National Park Service, Forest Service, and various Guide & Avalanche Associations for Level 1 courses.