Education and Events


IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness Presentation - Liberty Lake, WA 6PM - Classroom Session

December 14, 2017
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-presentation-liberty-lake

Introduction to Avalanches - Ketchum 6PM - Classroom Session

December 14, 2017
Introduction to Avalanches classroom session: Join us at Hemingway STEAM School in Ketchum 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. $10 suggested donation, no preregistration required. An optional field session ($40 suggested donation) will be held Saturday, December 16th.

Homegrown Film Festival - Sun Valley 7PM - Classroom Session

December 15, 2017
Back by popular demand for an encore performance! The Friends of the SAC are hosting the Homegrown Film Festival at the Sun Valley Opera House in Sun Valley. 'Homegrown' features many of the Wood River Valley's finest film makers and athletes.

Doors open at 7pm with films beginning at 7:30pm. Just 300 tickets ($15 for adults) are available online (https://sunvalley.ticketfly.com/), in person at the Sun Valley Recreation Center or by calling (208) 622-2135.

Don't miss this great opportunity to see footage from last year's epic winter and get stoked for this season!

Introduction to Avalanches - Field Day - Field Session

December 16, 2017
Location TBD. 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. $40 suggested donation to the Friends of the SAC to cover instructor costs.

SMG Avalanche Awareness - Boise 7PM - Classroom Session

January 3, 2018
Sawtooth Mountain Guides will presenting the REI-AIARE Avalanche Awareness Workshop. The target audience is for the winter backcountry traveler. Whether you ski, snowshoe, snowboard or snowmobile in the backcountry, recognition of avalanche danger is an essential and potentially lifesaving skill. This session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid avalanche danger.

Boise REI
8300 W Emerald St, Boise, ID 83704
7pm-8:30pm

SMG Avalanche Lev.1 AIARE- Stanley - Field Session

January 5, 2018
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 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!

http://sawtoothguides.com/trips/aiare-level-1-avalanche-course/

Williams Peak Hut, Sawtooth Mountains. 3 days.

Introduction to Avalanches - Hailey 6PM - Classroom Session

January 11, 2018
Introduction to Avalanches classroom session: Join us at the Community Campus Performing Arts Theater 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. $10 suggested donation, no preregistration required. An optional field session ($40 suggested donation) will be held Saturday, January 13th.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Island Park (2 day) - Field Session

January 12, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-island-park

SVT Level 1 Avy Fundamentals - Ketchum (3-day) - Field Session

January 13, 2018
January 13-15th, 2018
Ketchum, ID
Details: (208) 788-1966
Rate: $395/person

This intensive 3-day (24 hour) course is a comprehensive introduction to avalanche phenomena as it relates to backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The course format will emphasize practical avalanche awareness and safety measures through hands-on learning. The entire backcountry course will be based in Ketchum and the field portion in the mountains of the Wood River headwaters. The course format will comprise a mix of classroom theory and field practice while ski touring and evaluating avalanche terrain. Students will receive a certification for completion of a Level 1 Avalanche Training Course as outlined by the American Avalanche Association.
Course text included.

Introduction to Avalanches - Field Day - Field Session

January 13, 2018
Location TBD. 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. $40 suggested donation to the Friends of the SAC to cover instructor costs.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Sandpoint (2-day) - Field Session

January 19, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-sandpoint

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Cascade (2-day) - Field Session

January 19, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-cascade

SMG Intro to Backcountry - Boise - Field Session

January 20, 2018

Excited to ski the backcountry but don’t know where to begin? This course is for you!

Are you a resort skier looking to get outside the boundaries? Using a combination of field-based learning and indoor presentations, we’ll cover trip planning, avalanche safety and companion rescue, backcountry equipment use and repair, as well as uphill and downhill ski/travel techniques.

Conveniently located for Boise locals, this weekend course will utilize the lifts at Bogus Basin to access the extensive backcountry terrain outside the ski resort boundary. A perfect intro to the skills needed for accessing the backcountry, you’ll also start learning your backyard terrain!

http://sawtoothguides.com/trips/bogus-basin-intro-to-backcountry-skiing/

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Grangeville (2-day) - Field Session

January 26, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-grangeville

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Preston (2-day) - Field Session

January 26, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-preston

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Coeur d'Alene (2-day) - Field Session

February 2, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-coeur-dalene

AIARE Avalanche Pro 2 - Stanley - Field Session

February 5, 2018
Feb. 5-10. An advanced certification course for professional avalanche workers.

The 6 day AIARE Pro 2 Course is a 6 day, advanced professional avalanche course, designed to continue the education of avalanche workers employed in ski areas, transportation and industry, guiding and public forecasting centers. The Pro 2 certification course is currently the most advanced avalanche course available in the USA. The course identifies best practices in avalanche risk management including data management and reporting, long term observation and documentation, risk reduction procedures, worker safety, and the development of strategies to limit the effect of bias and uncertainty on individual or team decisions.

http://avtraining.org/aiare-pro-2/

While hosted by Sawtooth Mountain Guides, this course will be run and booked by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and more information on the course can be found at link below.

Motorized Level 1 Class - Hailey - Classroom Session

February 9, 2018
The Sawtooth Avalanche Center is hosting a AAA (American Avalanche Association) Motorized-specific Level 1 Avalanche Course Feb. 9-11, 2018. The course curriculum was developed primarily by the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center and follows the AAA’s snowmobile course guidelines. This is a motorized-specific Level 1 Avalanche course held in Idaho, with the classroom sessions in the evenings at the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office located at 1650 Aviation Dr.

The field day(s) will be based on riding and avalanche conditions will be evaluated the week of the class before finalizing a field day(s) location; Baker Creek and the Smiley Creek area are likely sites. The class is limited to 18 students.

Contact the Sawtooth Avalanche Center for information. info@sawtoothavalanche.com

Motorized Level 1 Class - Hailey and LocationTBD - Field Session

February 10, 2018
Contact the Sawtooth Avalanche Center for information. info@sawtoothavalanche.com

Motorized Level 1 Class - Location TBD - Field Session

February 11, 2018
Contact the Sawtooth Avalanche Center for information. info@sawtoothavalanche.com

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Coeur d'Alene 9AM - Field Session

February 17, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-coeur-dalene-0

SVT Level 1 Avy Fundamentals - Ketchum (3-day) - Field Session

February 17, 2018
February 17-19th, 2018
Ketchum, ID
Details: (208) 788-1966
Rate: $395/person

This intensive 3-day (24 hour) course is a comprehensive introduction to avalanche phenomena as it relates to backcountry skiers and snowboarders. The course format will emphasize practical avalanche awareness and safety measures through hands-on learning. The entire backcountry course will be based in Ketchum and the field portion in the mountains of the Wood River headwaters. The course format will comprise a mix of classroom theory and field practice while ski touring and evaluating avalanche terrain. Students will receive a certification for completion of a Level 1 Avalanche Training Course as outlined by the American Avalanche Association.
Course text included.

IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Clinic - Idaho Falls (2-day) - Field Session

February 23, 2018
Details here: https://parksandrecreation.idaho.gov/snowmobile-based-avalanche-awareness-and-companion-rescue-clinic-idaho-falls