Education and Events


IDPR Snowmobile Based Avalanche Awareness - Moscow 6PM - Classroom Session

December 13, 2018
Revolution Motorsports at 230 W E St, Moscow, ID 83843

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.

Japan Skiing Slideshow - Ketchum 6PM - Event

December 14, 2018
Join Pro Alpine Guides' Marc Hanselman for a night of pictures and story telling. This slideshow chronicling the deep skiing of Japan will have you searching for cheap tickets by nights end!

Details:
Backwoods Mountain Sports - Ketchum @ 6PM
Free admission
Raffle proceeds go to support the Friends of the Avalanche Center

SMG AIARE Avalanche Rescue - Field Session

December 15, 2018
Location: Stanley, ID

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 course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

This is a prerequisite for the AIARE Level 2 and Pro 1 courses.

SAS PRO 1 (5-day) - Field Session

December 16, 2018
Brought to you by the Silverton Avalanche School and Avalanche Science

Cost: $1050 per person (includes motorized access to terrain)

Students receive:
*Course Manual along with relevant papers
*A Rite in the Rain field book that is used during the course
*Upon completion of testing in the field and classroom successful students receive a Pro 1 certification.
*Snow Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for
*Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG 3rd edition).

Course runs 8am to 5pm daily

Digging Deeper - 630PM - Classroom Session

December 19, 2018
Join forecaster Chris Lundy to discuss "Using the Forecast for Backcountry Decision Making"

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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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

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

December 28, 2018
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 - Island Park 6PM - Classroom Session

December 28, 2018
Dec 28th - 6pm at Ponds Lodge - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Dec 29th - 9am at the Big Springs 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 - Island Park 9AM - Field Session

December 29, 2018
Dec 29th - 9am at the Big Springs 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 - 630PM - Classroom Session

January 2, 2019
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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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

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

January 4, 2019
Jan 4th - 6pm at Sandpoint Marine and Motorsports - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Jan 5th - 9am at the Trestle 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.

Homegrown Film Festival - Ketchum 7PM - Event

January 4, 2019
The Friends of the SAC will host the Homegrown Film Festival for one night only at The Argyros on Main St. in Ketchum.

This popular event is sure to sell out so be sure to get your tickets early! Stay tuned for details.

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

January 4, 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 - McCall 6PM - Classroom Session

January 4, 2019
Jan 4th - 6pm at Mile High Power Sports - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Jan 5th - 9am at the Gordon Titus/Upper Elevation 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 - Sandpoint 9AM - Field Session

January 5, 2019
Jan 5th - 9am at the Trestle 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 - McCall 9AM - Field Session

January 5, 2019
Jan 5th - 9am at the Gordon Titus/Upper Elevation 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 Companion Rescue - Field Session

January 10, 2019
Mores Creek Summit near Boise

*Train backcountry travelers in Avalanche Rescue skills
*Increase participant likelihood of survival in an avalanche
*Emphasize that education and avoiding getting caught in an avalanche is the best plan; rescue is a backup in case everything goes wrong.
*Provide skills and practice methods to be proficient at the Avalanche Rescue standard
*Demonstrate effective companion rescue.
*Promote a culture of routine avalanche rescue practice and attendance of an Avalanche Rescue course every two years.

Pre-requisite for AIARE Level 2.

Pre-course material: 2-hour online material

Course Format: 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Introduction to Avalanches - Hailey 6PM - Classroom Session

January 10, 2019
Introduction to Avalanches classroom session: 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 12th.

Avalanche Science Level 2 (3-day) - Field Session

January 11, 2019
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
3-day course

Avalanche Level 2 Course - Learning Outcomes:
*Refresh stability assessment techniques
*Introduce advanced snowpack tests
*Facilitate and participate in group discussions focused on evaluating snow stability and creating terrain options to reduce the avalanche risk
*Form and communicate a personal opinion regarding the primary avalanche concern. Compare this to the public bulletin and/or the expert estimation of the avalanche problem.
*Use pre-trip and post-trip checklists as tools to evaluate the avalanche hazard, to target field observations, and to assess terrain options.
*Observe how the mountain snowpack varies significantly over the terrain. Participants will recognize the challenges and risks associated with extrapolating from limited field observations.
*Prepare participant for the AAA PRO1 progression.
*Develop expertise in the adoption and use of SWAG standards.

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

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

January 11, 2019
Jan 11th - 6pm at the Robinson Building - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Jan 12th - 9am at the Copenhagen Basin 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 - Coeur d'Alene 6PM - Classroom Session

January 11, 2019
Jan 11th - 6pm at the IDPR Region office - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Jan 12th - 9am at the 4th of July 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.

Introduction to Avalanches - Field Day - Field Session

January 12, 2019
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 the Friends of the SAC to cover instructor costs.

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

January 12, 2019
Jan 12th - 9am at the Copenhagen Basin 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 - Coeur d'Alene 9AM - Field Session

January 12, 2019
Jan 12th - 9am at the 4th of July 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 - 630PM - Classroom Session

January 16, 2019
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:
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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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

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

January 18, 2019
Jan 18th - 6pm at the IDPR Office 5657 Warm Springs - Powerpoint presentation - 2 hours
Jan 19th - 9am at the Whoop Em Up parking lot in Idaho City - 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 - Boise 9AM - Field Session

January 19, 2019
Jan 19th - 9am at the Whoop Em Up parking lot in Idaho City - 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 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.

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 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 - 630PM - Classroom Session

January 30, 2019
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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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 - 630PM - Classroom Session

February 13, 2019
Join SAC Director Scott Savage to discuss "Website Tools: Observations and Weather"

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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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.

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.

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

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 - 630PM - Classroom Session

February 27, 2019
Join forecaster Ethan Davis to discuss "Forecasting Weather for your Tour"

Do you want to go beyond simply looking at the sun and snow icons on your phone as you head out the door? When it comes to finding the best snow to ride, there are several tricks, tips, websites and tools to share. Join Ethan and up your morning weather forecasting game.

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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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

Digging Deeper - 630PM - Classroom Session

March 13, 2019
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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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

Digging Deeper - 630PM - Classroom Session

March 27, 2019
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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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

Digging Deeper - 630PM - Classroom Session

April 10, 2019
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. A complete list of venues and topics is in the works.

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