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Level I Avalanche Fundamentals for Snowmobilers: Dec 14-16, 2012
Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:00 AM - Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 4:00 PM (MST)
Boondocking, ditchbanging, hill climbing? If these sound familiar then you are ready for a our Level 1 snowmobile specific course. This special course has been developed specifically for snowmobilers and mountain riders.
Like our other Level I courses, the comprehensive follows the AAA snowmobile guidelines. The curriculum includes:
- Terrain Evaluation
- Safe Travel Protocols
- Route Finding
- Decision Making
- Avalanche Equipment
- Companion Rescue
- Human Factors
- Mountain Weather
- Snowpack Development
- Recognizing Instabilities in the Snowpack
- Using Observations and Tests
- How to Apply the Current Avalanche Bulletin to Travel Planning
Morning sessions introduce the concepts to students. Afternoon field sessions in backcountry terrain provide hands-on experience and ensure quality field time with our top-notch staff. Friday and Saturday afternoon, and most of Sunday, students travel into backcountry snowmobile terrain.
These experiential sessions examine topics discussed in the classroom. All students practice companion rescue, route finding and terrain analysis, dig snowpits, and conduct stability tests. All field excursions will be made on snowmobiles.
Our instructors for the Snowmobile Course include Mike Duffy, a pioneer in snowmobile avalanche education in Colorado. All instructors will have good riding skills along with excellent avalanche education skills.
The rugged San Juan Mountains surrounding Silverton have provided the ideal avalanche education classroom since 1962. The Silverton Avalanche School is a member of the American Avalanche Association (A3). Our instructors are avalanche professionals and are certified with AIARE, A3 and/or the Canadian Avalanche Association. Many instructors also have an advanced degree in snow science.
Students recieve the latest edition of "Snow Sense" as the course textbook.
Cancellation Policy: A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start. No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).
Questions? Contact email@example.com or call 970-903-7039
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Silverton Avalanche School
Since 1962 the Silverton Avalanche School has educated skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, ski patrollers, search and rescue personnel, and law enforcement officers how to stay safe in avalanche terrain. SAS is a not-for-profit organization. Proceeds benefit San Juan County Search & Rescue. SAS is an AIARE avalanche education course provider.