Backcountry Basics​​

Course description

In this 8 hour class, we introduce  you to the backcountry with an outdoor classroom environment.  You will learn essental skills for equipment preparation, group dynamics, route planning, basic snowpack evaluation and companion rescue.

This backcountry safety course is designed to be paired with  the avalanche awarness course to give you recreational Level One avalanche education. This class can be used as a seasonal refresher or an intro course for new backcountry splitboarders. If you are experienced in the backcountry or just starting out, this class is for you. 


Student Learing Outcomes

 - Backcountry immersion and day planning
 - Companion rescue, transciever use, rescue techniques, and scenarios
 - Proper decision making within a group dynamic
 - Basic avalanche skills for brief understanding of  avalanche phenomenon


Prerequisites

Each student must be able to travel in the backcountry terrain efficiently and with skill. Each student must have appropriate backcountry equipment for a full 8 hours in the backcountry. ​(Demo packages available upon request and availability)

Course Cost $150

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Operating under special use permit on the Uinta-Wastach-Cache National Forest

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Avalanche Awarness​​

Course description

This 10 hour course teaches basic avalanche education. This is designed to be a stand alone course or be paired wit the Backcountry Skills course to give you a recreational avalanche Level One equivilent.

In this course, each student will be immersed in the backcountry. The primary focus is on understanding the "Avalanche Weather Triangle" framework and avalanche phenomenon. In addition, each student will be performing transceiver searches & scenarios, companion rescue and proper in the field desicion making. 


Student Learing Outcomes

 - Focused details on terrain manangement, avalanche risk assesment and backcountry travel with a group
 - In- depth snowpit evaluation, discussions and understanding of strengths and weaknesses with the snowpack
 - Properly identifying "Avalanche Hazard Triangle" in relation to temperature, precipation and wind
 - Timely and efficient transeiver search techniques, companion rescue and evacuation
 - Proper decison making skills for future backcountry trips


Prerequisites

Backcountry Skills course curriculum or display of equivilant knowledge. Each student must be able to travel in the backcountry terrain efficiently and with skill. Each student must have appropriate backcountry equipment for a full 10 hours in the backcountry. ​(Demo packages available upon request and availability)

Course Cost $200

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Avalanche Level One​​

Course description

​​​​This 2 day, 20 hour long weekend course provides the equivalent of a recreational Level One avalanche course. Each student will develop a solid foundation and framework of understanding the avalanche phenomenon and the ability to properly prepare for backcountry travel within the Intermountain areas.

This course intensive information focuses on the "Avalanche Hazard Triangle" and comprehensive application or weather, terrain and snowpack. Within our framework, each topic will be broken down, explained in detail with various Q&A portions throughout. Our main focus is to best prepare you for the backcountry and to progress your education.


Student Learing Outcomes

At the end of the Level One course, each student should be able to: 

 - Have a firm understanding of the Avalanche Hazard Triangle and display knowledge through various Q&A. 
- Display retention of proper terrain decision making skills, avalanche risk assesment, and group dynamic skills
- In-depth snowpit evaluation, discussions and understanding of strenghts and weaknesses within each snowpack & graph snowpit profiles
- Timely and efficient companion rescue techniques with transciever use
- Proper decision making skills for future backcountry trips

Prerequisites

Backcountry Skills and/or Avalanche Awarness course curriculum or display of equivilant knowledge. Each student must be able to travel in the backcountry terrain efficiently and with skill. Each student must have appropriate backcountry equipment for a full 20 hours in the backcountry. ​​(Demo packages available upon request and availability)
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