Education and Events


SMG AIARE Level 1 (3-day) - Field Session

January 25, 2019
Location: Stanley, ID

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 by AIARE Qualified Instructors.

Our nationally recognized instructors and unmatched learning environment (i.e. incredible ski terrain!) will provide the best possible education experience during your AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course. We offer courses based at our Williams Peak Hut in the heart of the Sawtooths, as well as programs based in Stanley or Ketchum/Sun Valley. Let us teach you how to minimize your risk while maximizing your skiing or riding!

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Orofino 6PM - Classroom Session

January 25, 2019
Jan 25th - 6pm at the Clearwater County Search and Rescue Building - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hrs
Jan 26th - 9am at (TBD) - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Orofino 9AM - Field Session

January 26, 2019
Jan 26th - 9am at (TBD) - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

Digging Deeper - Ketchum 630PM - Classroom Session

January 30, 2019
Ski Tek, 191 Sun Valley Rd W, Ketchum, ID 83340, USA

Join forecaster Chris Lundy to discuss "Managing Uncertainty in the Backcountry"

Long time local ski guide and SAC forecaster Chris Lundy will discuss strategies for dealing with uncertainty in the backcountry. When it comes to a go/no-go decision, sometimes it’s what you don’t know that’s most important.

General Info:
Join forecasters from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center to discuss topics ranging from facets and surface hoar to the latest in rescue gear technology, weather forecasting, how to submit and utilize observations and more.

This discussion style series is aimed at the intermediate to advanced backcountry user that's looking to add some tricks and knowledge to his/her playbook. We will bounce between several venues throughout the advisory area.

If you have ideas or suggestions email us at info@sawtoothavalanche.com

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Idaho Falls 6PM - Classroom Session

February 1, 2019
Feb 1st - 6pm at the IDPR Region office in Idaho Falls - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Feb 2nd - 9am at the Bone Road parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

SMG AIARE Level 1 (3-day) - Field Session

February 1, 2019
Location: Stanley, ID

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 by AIARE Qualified Instructors.

Our nationally recognized instructors and unmatched learning environment (i.e. incredible ski terrain!) will provide the best possible education experience during your AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course. We offer courses based at our Williams Peak Hut in the heart of the Sawtooths, as well as programs based in Stanley or Ketchum/Sun Valley. Let us teach you how to minimize your risk while maximizing your skiing or riding!

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Idaho Falls 9AM - Field Session

February 2, 2019
Feb 2nd - 9am at the Bone Road parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

Banff Mountain Film Festival - Ketchum 6PM (3-nights) - Event

February 2, 2019
February 2nd (@ the Limelight) and February 4th and 5th (At The Argyros)

Doors at 6:00pm, Films at 7:00pm

Different films each night. This will sell out... get your tickets in advance! Don’t miss three epic nights filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.

The Incredible Raffle returns! Once again, there will be thousands of dollars of prizes and you don't need to be present to win! All proceeds from the Incredible Raffle go to benefit the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

Banff Mountain Film Festival - Ketchum 6PM (3-nights) - Event

February 4, 2019
February 2nd (@ the Limelight) and February 4th and 5th (At The Argyros)

Doors at 6:00pm, Films at 7:00pm

Different films each night. This will sell out... get your tickets in advance! Don’t miss three epic nights filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.

The Incredible Raffle returns! Once again, there will be thousands of dollars of prizes and you don't need to be present to win! All proceeds from the Incredible Raffle go to benefit the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

Banff Mountain Film Festival - Ketchum 6PM (3-nights) - Event

February 5, 2019
February 2nd (@ the Limelight) and February 4th and 5th (At The Argyros)

Doors at 6:00pm, Films at 7:00pm

Different films each night. This will sell out... get your tickets in advance! Don’t miss three epic nights filled with stories of remote journeys, ground-breaking expeditions, and cutting-edge adventures told through the eyes of adventurers, authors, photographers, and filmmakers from around the globe.

The Incredible Raffle returns! Once again, there will be thousands of dollars of prizes and you don't need to be present to win! All proceeds from the Incredible Raffle go to benefit the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Grangeville PM - Classroom Session

February 8, 2019
Feb 8th - 6pm at the Idaho County Search and Rescue Building - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Feb 9th - 9am at the Fish Creek parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Twin Falls 6PM - Classroom Session

February 8, 2019
Feb 8th - 6pm at Action Cycles and Sleds (2540 Addison Ave E) - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Feb 9th - 9am at the Mt. Harrison/Pomerelle warming hut parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Twin Falls 9AM - Field Session

February 9, 2019
Feb 9th - 9am at the Mt. Harrison/Pomerelle warming hut parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Grangeville 9AM - Field Session

February 9, 2019
Feb 9th - 9am at the Fish Creek parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

Avalanche Science Level 1 & Rescue (4-day) - Field Session

February 11, 2019
This a special 4-day avalanche course. It includes the 1-day AIARE Rescue module.

Avalanche Science Level 1 Course Module Learning Outcomes:
*Competent in developing a systematic plan for ski tours in avalanche terrain based in the integration of Situational Awareness into the Decision Making framework
*Use maps to identify avalanche terrain, assess avalanche risk, and select safe routes
*Understand regional avalanche forecast products and produce local/zonal avalanche forecast
*Familiar with Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Guidelines (SWAG Standards)
*Top notch observer of snowpack, weather, and avalanches
*Efficient recording of relevant observations
*Recognize avalanche types and characteristics
*Understand the impact of weather in snowpack development
*Understand slab avalanches release and fracture mechanics
*Able to track snowpack structure and test for reactivity
*Versed in backcountry uphill and downhill travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction practices
*Employ teamwork and communication to mitigate human factors heuristics and biases during trip planning and execution.
*Reliable avalanche victim rescuer capable of consistent single victim rescue times below 5 minutes.

Course Format: 4-day, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Digging Deeper - Hailey 630PM - Classroom Session

February 13, 2019
Woodside Motorsports, 4040 Glenbrook Dr, Hailey, ID 83333, USA

Join SAC Director Scott Savage to discuss "Website Tools: Observations and Weather"

Unlock the power of the SAC website at www.sawtoothavalanche.com. Learn to tap into recent observations and weather forecasting tools to better plan your ride.

General Info:
Join forecasters from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center to discuss topics ranging from facets and surface hoar to the latest in rescue gear technology, weather forecasting, how to submit and utilize observations and more.

This discussion style series is aimed at the intermediate to advanced backcountry user that's looking to add some tricks and knowledge to his/her playbook. We will bounce between several venues throughout the advisory area.

If you have ideas or suggestions email us at info@sawtoothavalanche.com

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Salmon 6PM - Classroom Session

February 15, 2019
Feb 15th - 6pm at a location yet to be determined in Salmon - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Feb 16th - 9am at the William's Creek parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

Avalanche Science Motorized Level 1 (3-day) - Field Session

February 16, 2019
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
3-day course

Avalanche Science Level 1 Course Module Learning Outcomes:
*Competent in developing a systematic plan for ski tours in avalanche terrain based in the integration of Situational *Awareness into the Decision Making framework
*Use maps to identify avalanche terrain, assess avalanche risk, and select safe routes
*Understand regional avalanche forecast products and produce local/zonal avalanche forecast
*Familiar with Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Guidelines (SWAG Standards)
*Top notch observer of snowpack, weather, and avalanches
*Efficient recording of relevant observations
*Recognize avalanche types and characteristics
*Understand the impact of weather in snowpack development
*Understand slab avalanches release and fracture mechanics
*Able to track snowpack structure and test for reactivity
*Versed in backcountry uphill and downhill travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction practices
*Employ teamwork and communication to mitigate human factors heuristics and biases during trip planning and execution.
*Reliable avalanche victim rescuer capable of consistent single victim rescue times below 5 minutes.

Course Format: 3-day, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Salmon 9AM - Field Session

February 16, 2019
Feb 16th - 9am at the William's Creek parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

SMG AIARE Level 2 & Avalanche Rescue (4-day) - Field Session

February 21, 2019
Location: Stanley, ID

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 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 and professional avalanche education. You can read more about the split here. If you’ve been deterred in the past from taking a Level 2 because you felt it was a semi-professional course and/or too heavily focused on snow science, now is the time to sign up!

The AIARE Level 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. In the classroom, you will learn about mountain weather and key snowpack processes. During field tours you will learn critical snowpack and weather observation skills, advanced terrain management, and tour leadership techniques.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Pine/Featherville 6PM - Classroom Session

February 22, 2019
Feb 22nd - 6pm at Pine Senior Center (350 Pine/Featherville Road) - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Feb 23rd - 9am at the Trinity Warming hut parking lot - plan for 6-8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

Avalanche Science Level 1 (3-day) - Field Session

February 22, 2019
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
3-day course

Avalanche Science Level 1 Course Module Learning Outcomes:
*Competent in developing a systematic plan for ski tours in avalanche terrain based in the integration of Situational Awareness into the Decision Making framework
*Use maps to identify avalanche terrain, assess avalanche risk, and select safe routes
*Understand regional avalanche forecast products and produce local/zonal avalanche forecast
*Familiar with Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Guidelines (SWAG Standards)
*Top notch observer of snowpack, weather, and avalanches
*Efficient recording of relevant observations
*Recognize avalanche types and characteristics
*Understand the impact of weather in snowpack development
*Understand slab avalanches release and fracture mechanics
*Able to track snowpack structure and test for reactivity
*Versed in backcountry uphill and downhill travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction practices
*Employ teamwork and communication to mitigate human factors heuristics and biases during trip planning and execution.
*Reliable avalanche victim rescuer capable of consistent single victim rescue times below 5 minutes.

Course Format: 3-day, Friday through Sunday, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness & Companion Rescue Clinic - Pine/Featherville 9AM - Field Session

February 23, 2019
Feb 23rd - 9am at the Trinity Warming hut parking lot - plan for 6 - 8 hours in the field

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Since avalanches are the number one cause of snowmobile fatalities in the west, the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation is presenting this free snowmobile based Avalanche Awareness presentation. This presentation is designed to familiarize the winter backcountry enthusiast with hazard recognition and techniques for safe travel in avalanche terrain. In 90 percent of the avalanche accidents, the victim or someone in the victim’s party triggers the avalanche. Avalanche conditions are predictable and many accidents can be prevented. If you are planning to ride in avalanche terrain, be sure to check the local avalanche forecast before your trip.

Digging Deeper - Hailey 630PM - Classroom Session

February 26, 2019
Sawtooth Brewery, 110 N River St, Hailey, ID 83333, USA

Join SAC Director Scott Savage to discuss "SAC Web Tools: Getting Information on Your Favorite Places to Play"

When I hear people say "man the snow just hasn't been as good this year..." I know the truth is more likely that they just don't know where to look! Get in the know and get the goods. From the latest avalanche and snowpack information to recent snow and wind data, there are nooks and crannies in the SAC website that will keep you informed and (hopefully) in the soft stuff.

General Info:
This discussion style series is aimed at the intermediate to advanced backcountry user that's looking to add some tricks and knowledge to his/her playbook. We will bounce between several venues throughout the advisory area.

If you have ideas or suggestions email us at info@sawtoothavalanche.com

Digging Deeper - Ketchum 630PM - Classroom Session

March 13, 2019
Elephant's Perch, 280 East Ave, Ketchum, ID 83340, USA

Join forecaster Chris Lundy to discuss "Avalanche Hazard and Ski Mountaineering" This discussion will touch on the delicate balance of big mountain ski objectives and avalanche hazard.

General Info:
Join forecasters from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center to discuss topics ranging from facets and surface hoar to the latest in rescue gear technology, weather forecasting, how to submit and utilize observations and more.

This discussion style series is aimed at the intermediate to advanced backcountry user that's looking to add some tricks and knowledge to his/her playbook. We will bounce between several venues throughout the advisory area.

If you have ideas or suggestions email us at info@sawtoothavalanche.com

Digging Deeper - Ketchum 630PM - Classroom Session

March 27, 2019
Warfield Distillery & Brewery, 280 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340, USA

Join forecaster Ethan Davis to discuss "Facets and Surface Hoar"

It's so much more than a cold clear night.. Learn why and how surface hoar grows, check out some mind-blowing time lapse of crystal growth and deepen your understanding of this beautiful but troublesome form of ice.

General Info:
Join forecasters from the Sawtooth Avalanche Center to discuss topics ranging from facets and surface hoar to the latest in rescue gear technology, weather forecasting, how to submit and utilize observations and more.

This discussion style series is aimed at the intermediate to advanced backcountry user that's looking to add some tricks and knowledge to his/her playbook. We will bounce between several venues throughout the advisory area.

If you have ideas or suggestions email us at info@sawtoothavalanche.com