Education and Events


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

AIARE Avalanche Pro 2 - Stanley - Field Session

February 26, 2018
Feb 26 - March 3. 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.

Avalanche Science Level 1 and Companion Rescue - Mores Creek Summit (3-day) - Field Session

March 2, 2018
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
3-day course

Level 1 Class Outcomes:

- Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
- Effectively use the decision-making framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
- Avalanche types and their characteristics.
- Introduction to how avalanches form and release.
- Trip planning and preparation.
- Gathering relevant avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations.
- Avalanche terrain recognition, route assessment, and selection.
- Travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction.
- Teamwork and communication as effective measures to mitigate human factors during each stage of planning and decision making.

Avalanche Rescue Outcomes:

- 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.

Details: https://www.avyscience.com/

Avalanche Science Level 2 - Mores Creek Summit (3-day) - Field Session

March 8, 2018
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
3 day course

Learning Outcomes:

- 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.
- The participant will improve their snowpack skills and knowledge, but recognize that their decision making in avalanche terrain may not improve until experience gives them the ability to recognize trends and patterns and accurately assess the quality of a dataset.

Details: www.avyscience.com

Avalanche Science Companion Rescue - Mores Creek Summit - Field Session

March 18, 2018
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
1-day, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM

Pre-requisite for AIARE Level 2.
Pre-course material: 2-hour online material

Class outcomes:

- 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.

Details: https://www.avyscience.com/

Avalanche Science Level 1 and Companion Rescue - Mores Creek Summit (3-day) - Field Session

March 23, 2018
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
3-day course

Level 1 Class Outcomes:

- Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
- Effectively use the decision-making framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
- Avalanche types and their characteristics.
- Introduction to how avalanches form and release.
- Trip planning and preparation.
- Gathering relevant avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations.
- Avalanche terrain recognition, route assessment, and selection.
- Travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction.
- Teamwork and communication as effective measures to mitigate human factors during each stage of planning and decision making.

Avalanche Rescue Outcomes:

- 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.

Details: https://www.avyscience.com/

Avalanche Science Level 1 and Companion Rescue - Mores Creek Summit (3-day) - Field Session

March 30, 2018
Mores Creek Summit near Boise
3-day course

Level 1 Class Outcomes:

- Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
- Effectively use the decision-making framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
- Avalanche types and their characteristics.
- Introduction to how avalanches form and release.
- Trip planning and preparation.
- Gathering relevant avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations.
- Avalanche terrain recognition, route assessment, and selection.
- Travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction.
- Teamwork and communication as effective measures to mitigate human factors during each stage of planning and decision making.

Avalanche Rescue Outcomes:

- 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.

Details: https://www.avyscience.com/