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December 2019

Digging Deeper | Spatial Variability – Problems & Danger

December 5, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Sawtooth Brewery Public House, 631 Warm Springs Rd
Ketchum, ID 83340 US
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Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecasters for this discussion series aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed - YOUR BRAIN! Forecaster, Ethan Davis, will lead a discussion on the spatial variability of avalanche problems and danger. Better understand the strengths and limitations of the information in the Avalanche Forecast. This event is free! Cold beer will be flowing and delicious food ready to order. Topic: Spacial Variability - Problems and Danger When: Dec. 5th at 6:30pm Where: Sawtooth…

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Introduction to Avalanches

December 11, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Community School theatre in Sun Valley for a 2-hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. There is a $10 suggested donation, no preregistration required. An optional field session ($40 suggested donation) will be held on Saturday, December 14th.

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Field Day: Introduction to Avalanches

December 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sawtooth Avalanche Center Ketchum, ID 83340 US + Google Map

The location is TBD but generally, we spend the day near the SNRA and Galena Pass. Join the Friends of the SAC instructors for a field day covering avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification, and other basic snow and avalanche concepts. This field class is a great way to get your feet "wet" before you take a L1 class! Sign up for the class at the Friends' Wednesday night classroom session. There is a $40 suggested donation to…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

December 14, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the fundamentals of avalanche rescue so you can save your partner’s life if the unimaginable happens. The AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand-alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the…

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Digging Deeper | Understanding Weak Layers

December 18, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Ketchum Innovation Center, 180 W 6th St.
Ketchum, ID 83340 US
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Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecasters for this discussion series aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed - YOUR BRAIN! Forecaster, Chris Lundy, will lead a discussion on weak layers. How and why do they form? Where do they form? How long can they persist? Better understand the strengths and limitations of the information in the Avalanche Forecast. This event is free! Cold beer will be provided by Sawtooth Brewing Company. Topic: Weak Layers When: Dec. 18th at…

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January 2020

Digging Deeper | The Powder Express – Atmospheric Rivers

January 2 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Mint: Hailey, Idaho, 116 S Main St
Hailey, ID 83333 US
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Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecasters for this discussion series aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed - YOUR BRAIN! Forecaster, Ethan Davis, will lead a discussion on The Powder Express - Atmospheric Rivers. What is an atmospheric river? How do they form and what's the impact on our local weather and avalanche conditions? Better understand the strengths and limitations of the information in the Avalanche Forecast. This event is free! Topic: Atmospheric Rivers When: Jan. 2nd at…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Course – Hut Based

January 3 - January 5
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught…

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Magic Valley Snowmobile Club | Avalanche Presentation

January 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Gertie’s Brick Oven Cookery, 602 2nd Ave S
Twin Falls, ID 83301-7103 US
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Magic Valley Snowmobile Club and the Sawtooth Avalanche Center will join forces at the club meeting on Jan. 7, 2020 at Gertie's in Twin Falls. The presentation will cover the what the avalanche center offers, a Daily Flow of traveling in avalanche terrain, how to identify the five reg flags, and an overview of how public motorized users can submit observations to the avalanche center. Jeremy Lato will be sharing his experience as a backcountry snowmobiler and advice as the…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Course – Hut Based

January 10 - January 12
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught…

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Digging Deeper | Effects of Ski Compaction

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Backwoods Mountain Sports, 711 Main St N
Ketchum, ID 83340 US
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Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecasters for this discussion series aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed - YOUR BRAIN! SAC Director and Forecaster, Scott Savage, will lead a discussion on The Effects of Ski Compaction. Does ski traffic make slopes less likely to avalanche? How many tracks are “enough”? Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecaster Scott Savage for a discussion on how ski traffic and compaction impacts snow stability. Better understand the strengths and limitations of the information…

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Introduction to Avalanches

January 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us at the Wood River High School Performing Arts Theater in the Community Campus for a 2 hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. There is a $10 suggested donation, no preregistration required. An optional field session ($40 suggested donation) will be held Saturday, January 18th.

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Digging Deeper | Effects of Ski Compaction

January 16 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Backwoods Mountain Sports, 711 Main St N
Ketchum, ID 83340 US
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Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecasters for this discussion series aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed - YOUR BRAIN! SAC Director and Forecaster, Scott Savage, will lead a discussion on The Effects of Ski Compaction. Does ski traffic make slopes less likely to avalanche? How many tracks are “enough”? Join the conversation on how ski traffic and compaction impacts snow stability. Better understand the strengths and limitations of the information in the Avalanche Forecast. This event is…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Course

January 17 - January 19
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught…

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Field Day: Introduction to Avalanches

January 18 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sawtooth Avalanche Center Ketchum, ID 83340 US + Google Map

The location is TBD but generally, we spend the day near the SNRA and Galena Pass. Join the Friends of the SAC instructors for a field day covering avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification, and other basic snow and avalanche concepts. This field class is a great way to get your feet "wet" before you take a L1 class! Sign up for the class at the Friends' Thursday night classroom session. There is a $40 suggested donation to…

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Digging Deeper | Social Signaling Matters

January 22 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Whiskey Jacques, 251 Main St N
Ketchum, ID 83340 US
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How are your backcountry terrain choices affected by other riders' behavior? How does your behavior affect their terrain choices? Join visiting professor Andrea Mannberg for a stimulating talk about the flip side of sociability. Andrea Mannberg is a professor at UiT - The Arctic University in Tromso, Norway. Andrea leads the White Heat project, an international collaborative research effort that aims to generate new and usable knowledge on excessive risk-taking behavior in general, and on factors behind decision errors in…

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Parents Avy Awareness Night

January 23 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wood River Community YMCA, 101 Saddle Rd
Ketchum, ID 83340 US
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Did you know that the area just outside the Sun Valley Resort ski area boundary has been the site of two serious avalanche accidents in recent years? While Sun Valley staff diligently minimize the Baldy in-bounds avalanche hazard each day, the "sidecountry" on the other side of the ropes is unpatrolled and uncontrolled. Join SAC Director and Forecaster, Scott Savage, and Sun Valley Snow Safety Director, Skooter Gardiner, to learn about this terrain and how you can help your kids…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course

January 24 - January 26
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught…

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Digging Deeper | 2018-19 Deep Slab Cycle

January 29 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Elephant’s Perch, 280 East Ave
Ketchum, ID 83340 US
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Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecasters for this discussion series aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed - YOUR BRAIN! A widespread deep slab avalanche cycle occurred in the winter 2018-19. Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecaster Ben VandenBos for a description of the conditions that led up to the cycle, his efforts to document the avalanches that occurred, and how he managed the hazard presented by the deep slab problem in his personal skiing. Better understand the strengths…

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Avalanche Awareness in Boise

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center and Bogus Basin at the downtown Bogus Basin office location (2600 Bogus Basin Rd, Boise ID, 83702) for a 1.5-hour Avalanche Awareness presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. SheJumps and Bogus Basin Ski Resort are co-hosts of the event which is open to men, women and children! $5 suggested donation for Bogus pass holders & $10…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Course

January 31 - February 2
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught…

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February 2020

Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

February 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the fundamentals of avalanche rescue so you can save your partner’s life if the unimaginable happens. The AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand-alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 2 Course

February 7 - February 9
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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For advanced backcountry skiers and riders venturing deeper into the backcountry. The AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course – Analyzing Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard is for advanced backcountry skiers and riders, especially those who venture deeper into the backcountry or recreate in areas without a local avalanche bulletin. The AIARE Level 2 was recently shortened to three days and re-designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students. Based on new guidelines from the American Avalanche Association, there are now separate tracks for recreational…

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Digging Deeper | Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

February 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Soldier Creek Brewing Company, 509 Soldier Rd
Fairfield, ID 83327 US
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Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecasters for this discussion series aimed at sharpening the most important tool in your shed - YOUR BRAIN! SAC Director and Forecaster, Scott Savage, will lead a discussion on Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain. Most avalanche accident victims knew they were doing something dangerous but chose to do so anyway. Why does this happen? How can we prevent it from happening? Join Sawtooth Avalanche Center forecaster Scott Savage for a presentation and discussion on decision-making in…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Course

February 14 - February 16
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

February 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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Learn the fundamentals of avalanche rescue so you can save your partner’s life if the unimaginable happens. The AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand-alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the…

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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 2 Course

February 21 - February 23
Sawtooth Mountain Guides, Niece Ave
Stanley, ID 83278 United States
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For advanced backcountry skiers and riders venturing deeper into the backcountry. The AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course – Analyzing Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard is for advanced backcountry skiers and riders, especially those who venture deeper into the backcountry or recreate in areas without a local avalanche bulletin. The AIARE Level 2 was recently shortened to three days and re-designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students. Based on new guidelines from the American Avalanche Association, there are now separate tracks for recreational…

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Motorized Level 1 Avalanche Course

February 21 - February 23
Wood River Valley
$275

This 2.5 day Level 1 Avalanche Course is specifically geared towards motorized users—snowmobilers and snowbikers. You'll learn the basics of avalanche safety, making sound decisions while traveling through avalanche terrain, and how to perform an avalanche rescue. This class is hosted by the Sawtooth Avalanche Center and the Friends of the SAC and will be taught by SAC staff and instructors from Six Points Avalanche Education. The course will be held in the Wood River Valley with field days in…

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