2020/2021 Course Dates:
December 26-27, 2020
January 16-17, 2021
January 25-26, 2021
February 13-14, 2021
March 6-7, 2021
Taught in partnership with Silverton Avalanche School (SAS) and Weston Backcountry, the Recreational Level 1 Course begins the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in and around avalanche terrain. Taking this course should be everyone’s first step before venturing into the backcountry in winter. The goal is for students to learn the basics of snow pack science, terrain analysis, and to give each student a framework with which to make decisions. There are many ways to teach this material and our goal is not to, “scare you out of the mountains,” instead we start by learning why some places hold the potential for avalanches and some do not and how to identify each. A lifetime of great winter adventures can be spent in the mountains outside of avalanche terrain, and if you choose to venture into steeper, snowier terrain this course will help lay the groundwork for good decisions.
This 26 hour course involves instruction, evening classroom lectures, video and discussion, and at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. Unlike past years, instead of a long classroom day on the first day we will use SAS’s online education portal to virtually instruct much of the PowerPoint type lecture.
The course is designed for all types of backcountry travelers: snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides.
Let us know if you would like to set this up as a private, socially distanced course for you and your family or friends.
For the 2020/2021 season KMAC will be using Silverton Avalanche School curriculum. SAS is North America’s oldest avalanche school and is a Nationally recognized American Avalanche Association (A3) provider.