2017-2018 Avalanche Level 1 Course Info & Description

Lectures: Mondays  12/4/17 & 12/11/17  6:00-10:00PM

Beacon practice: (Choose one day) Wednesday 12/6/17 or 12/13/17 6:00-9:00PM

Field Days: Saturday 1/6/18 & Sunday 1/7/18

To secure a spot contact Avalanche Coordinator Cindy Gagnon at: 303-938-8564 or avalancheone@bmnsp.org

The National Ski 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.

The course objectives are:

  • Identify avalanche terrain and make route finding decisions
  • Identify weak and strong layers
  • Perform field tests to appreciate snow stability/instability
  • Recognize weather, terrain, and snowpack factors contributing to instability
  • Perform small group rescue
  • Perform fast and efficient transceiver searches

Level 1 Field Days

  • Trailhead beacon check & avalanche forecast review
  • Route finding in a Berthoud Pass drainage
  • Safe travel techniques in avalanche terrain
  • Small party searches for buried victims
  • Beacon searching for buried victims
  • Basic snowpit techniques
  • Basic snow tests (Rutschblock, Compression Test, and Shovel Shear)
  • Large party searches for buried victims

Course Fee (includes textbook and handouts): 
$135 non-patrollers
$ 60 registered patrollers

Additional Info:

  • Students should possess some backcountry skiing, 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.
  • Ephasis 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.
  • Early registration is encouraged. Course sizes are limited.

 


Level II Avalanche Course Description

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.
 

 


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