2020/2021 Course Dates:
December 26-27, 2020
January 16-17, 2021
January 25-26, 2021
February 13-14, 2021
March 6-7, 2021
Taught in partnership with Silverton Avalanche School (SAS) and Weston Backcountry, the Recreational Level 1 Course begins the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in and around avalanche terrain. The goal is for students to learn the basics of snow pack science, terrain analysis, and to give each student a framework with which to make decisions. There are many ways to teach this material and our goal is not to, “scare you out of the mountains,” instead we start by learning why some places hold the potential for avalanches and some do not and how to identify each. A lifetime of great winter adventures can be spent in the mountains outside of avalanche terrain, and if you choose to venture into steeper, snowier terrain this course will help lay the groundwork for good decisions.
This 26 hour course involves instruction, video and discussion, and at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. Unlike past years, instead of a long classroom day on the first day we will use SAS’s online education portal to virtually instruct the classroom lessons, then spend two long days almost entirely in the field.
The course is designed for all types of backcountry travelers: snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides.
Let us know if you would like to set this up as a private, socially distanced course for you and your family or friends.
Note: Kent Mountain Adventure Center is a member of the SAS COURSE PROVIDER Alliance, offering Avalanche Education, Backcountry Instruction and Rescue Training.
SAS Course Providers utilize an internationally codified curriculum and adhere to best practices, set forth by the International Commision for Alpine Rescue (ICAR), exceeding the learning outcomes and educational objectives as defined by the American Avalanche Association.