Bryan Mountain Nordic Ski Patrol
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The NationalSki Patrol Level I avalanche course has been designed to train backcountry travelers in Avalanche avoidance and rescue techniques: including avalanche recognition, safe route finding, slope analysis, beacon searching, and avalanche rescue.

There are two evening classroom sessions and one eight hour field day. The emphasis is on hands-on learning.

Download Avalanche I brochure

Emphasis is on personal self-sufficiency for all winter backcountry travelers. While the course contents are of a serious nature, a healthy dose of fun has become traditional in all Bryan Mountain classes. You will also meet people interested in outdoor winter recreation.

  • Students should possess some nordic skiing or snowshoeing ability. Those unsure of their ability should contact a course coordinator listed above.
  • Students should provide their own personal equipment and food for field days. The instructors will provide additional specialized equipment for each course. Equipment will be discussed prior to each field trip.
  • Early registration is encouraged. Course sizes are limited.

Course FEE:
$135 non-patrollers
$ 60 registered patrollers

 

The Ski Patrol's Level II Avalanche Course is designed to train students to lead avalanche rescues and to provide them with comprehensive avalanche knowledge to support rescue decision making.

Specifically, the training includes:

  • Avalanche Hazard
    • History and Statistics Characteristics
  • Meteorology Fundamentals
  • Mountain Snowpack
    • Metamorphism
    • Energy & Dynamics
  • Stability Evaluation
  • Safe Travel & Terrain Analysis Self
  • Survival and Rescue
  • Avalanche Rescue Organization
  • Special Medical Considerations
  • Avalanche Transceiver Search

Three days in the field will cover:

  • Snow Pits
    • Hasty Pits
    • Data Pits
    • Stability Tests and Data Analysis
  • Probeline Leadership
  • Initial (Hasty) Search Leadership
  • Transceiver Search
  • Terrain, Routes, and Travel
  • Backcountry and Area Rescue
  • Control and Rescue Dog Demo (if possible)
  • Safety Procedures

There are five evening classroom sessions and three eight hour field days. The emphasis is on hands-on learning.

  • Students should possess some nordic skiing or snowshoeing ability. Those unsure of their ability should contact a course coordinator listed above.
  • Students should provide their own personal equipment and food for field days. The instructors will provide additional specialized equipment for each course. Equipment will be discussed prior to each field trip.
  • Students must have completed a Ski Patrol Level I (Basic) Avalanche Course or provide documentation of comparable education.
  • Early registration is encouraged. Course sizes are limited.

Course FEE (includes text):
$215 non-patrollers
$130 registered patrollers

Directions to the Boulder Colorado Mountain Club Clubroom

    633 S Broadway St, Unit N, Boulder, CO 80305. The Boulder CMC Clubroom is located in the Table Mesa Shopping Center at the southwest corner of Broadway and Table Mesa Drive in south Boulder. The Clubroom is around the corner to the west of Neptune Mountaineering and is on the same level as Neptune's (i.e., it is on the upper level).

For more information or to register contact
Avalanche Advisor

Serving the Colorado Front Range at Devil's Thumb Ranch Resort, Rocky Mountain National Park, and around Boulder, Colorado, USA