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  • Sign up for a one-day standalone course and brush up on your avalanche skills in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The course is conducted entirely in the field, in venues such as the Teton Pass, Togwotee Pass and Grand Teton National Park. Beginners will spend the day learning the basics of companion rescue, while experienced participants will get the chance to review and expand their skill set through realistic scenario practice. At the end of the day, you will receive a rescue card acknowledging your completion of the course.

    • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

      We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, please refer to the Wyoming Department of Health’s official website.

      Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

    • What you get in this adventure:

        • An experienced, certified guide with extensive knowledge of the area
        • A virtual check-in and introduction into the course
        • A full day in the field

      What’s not included:

        • Technical backcountry ski touring equipment
        • Accommodation
        • Food and snacks
        • A 35$ vehicle fee at the Grand Teton National Park entrance
    • In order to get the most of this adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.

      Students must be able to travel in the snow, and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. Skiers must be able to hike for several hours at a time while carrying a small pack. All participants should be comfortable traveling in snow while carrying touring gear. There are no other prerequisites.

    • For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:

        • Alpine touring, telemark, or snowboarding boots (can be rented)
        • Skis or splitboard with compatible binding for boots (can be rented)
        • Climbing skins (can be rented)
        • Ski poles (can be rented)
        • Helmet – optional
        • Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
          • Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
          • Lightweight snow shovel
          • Avalanche probe

      For personal items, we recommend bringing:

        • Long sleeve synthetic — medium to expedition weight long underwear
        • Soft shell or fleece jacket
        • Shell jacket with a hood
        • Puffy jacket with a hood
        • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottoms
        • Shell pants — full side zips and built-in gaiters
        • Socks — synthetic or wool, sized for your boots and blister protection
        • Liners — optional, but recommended
        • Gloves – 3 pairs: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair
        • Medium weight ski hat
        • Baseball hat or visor for sun
        • Buff or a neck gaiter
        • Backpack (30-40 liter ski pack)
        • Thermos or insulated water bottles. Lots of snacks.
        • Sunglasses
        • Ski goggles
        • Sunscreen
        • Headlamp and extra batteries
        • Laptop computer
        • Camera — optional
    • All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:

      Ski rental locations are in Jackson, WY and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.

        • These courses are not private. For the group courses, the usual guest to guide ratio is 6:1.
        • Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.

      AIARE Level 1 courses in Jackson Hole can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

      Min. age requirements:

        • You must be at least 18 years old to participate.
    • The simplest way to reach Jackson Hole is by taking a flight to the Salt Lake City International Airport. From there, you are a 4-5 hour drive away to Jackson, WY, depending on the weather conditions. Renting a car is recommended, but air travel options to the Jackson Hole Airport are also available. Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 10 minutes from Jackson, WY.

      You will usually meet your guides at their Jackson, WY headquarters, after which you will take off for the trailhead in the Grand Teton National Park.

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