Learn safe travel in avalanche terrain and recognition of weather, snow pack and terrain factors contributing to avalanche hazard. No previous avalanche education necessary.
This 24-hour course is sanctioned by the American Avalanche Association, and students will receive a nationally recognized certificate upon completion.
Review material learned in Level I, update your knowledge to newer stability tests, and sharpen rusty rescue skills.
The level 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.
Introduction to rescue skills and avalanche beacon searches, route finding, snow pack evaluation and minimizing exposure to hazards. Designed as a first avalanche course, or short refresher, this class is ideal for backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers and snowshoers wishing to make informed route-finding decisions and mitigate risk while traveling in avalanche-prone terrain.
During two days of touring, learn avalanche skills, beacon rescue, safe route selection, efficient skinning, downhill technique on skis and split-snowboard, and enjoy legendary Wasatch terrain. Designed for those who'd like to learn it all in a weekend!
Guides are happy to teach avalanche hazard evaluation skills during a full or half day private tour. Dig snowpits, perform stability tests, practice beacon search and rescue scenarios, travel up and downhill while employing avalanche-hazard mitigation procedures, and learn safe route-finding skills.
Many participants do avalanche-oriented ski tours, enabling them to learn and apply skills under the tutelage of a professional. Ski touring partners often spend a day in the early season with a guide to make sure they are all on the same page, and build trust in one another.
RATES: $349 for one person plus $133 for each additional person plus tax
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* UMA will provide you with an avalanche transceiver, a shovel and/or a backpack if you need them. UMA rents alpine touring skis, skins and split snowboards. Other equipment is available for rent at local ski shops.
|Alpine touring skis and skins:||$40 plus tax|
|Split-snowboard, skins and poles:||$45 plus tax|
|Skins only:||$10 plus tax|
|Snowshoes and poles:||$15 plus tax|
UMA guides can deliver and adjust this gear for you.
Alta Peruvian Lodge Rental Shop
Black Diamond Retail
2070 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake City
3285 East 3300 South, Salt Lake City
702 E 100 S, Salt Lake City
University of Utah Outdoor Rec Center
2140 E. Red Butte Road, Fort Douglas, Building 650
White Pine Touring
1790 Bonanza Drive, Park City
Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalance Hazard. By Jill Fredston & Doug Fessler.
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain. By Bruce Tremper
Wasatch Touring Map 1 by Alpentech
Wasatch Touring Map 2 by Alpentech
These lodges in the town of Alta are very convenient for the Saturday and Sunday venues:
(801) 322-4631Alta's Rustler Lodge
(801) 532-2582Goldminer’s Daughter
(801) 742-2300Peruvian Lodge
These accommodations in Salt Lake City area are also close to the Cottonwood Canyons:
Cottonwood Heights: 6425 South 3000 E.
(801) 453-0430Skyline Inn, Foothill Drive, SLC
Foothill Drive, SLC: 2475 E. 1700 South
(801) 582-5350La Quinta Inn
Midvale: 7231 S. Catalpa Rd
(801) 566-3291Crystal Inn
Murray: 818 E. Winchester Street
University of Utah Venue - Petersen Heritage Center - 1240 East Red Butte Road
Westminster College - 1840 S 1300 E, Salt Lake City
Peterson Heritage Center:
Wasatch Powderbird Guides Heliport:
Meeting times and places are announced at the lecture. UMA guides generally meet their groups around 8:00 am in one of two places:
7200 South just east of Wasatch Blvd. 6200 South exit of I-215.
Albion lot (Alta upper parking lot), end of SR 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon.
The library is located above the fire station in the fire station/post office building. Please enter by the post office door which is on the right side of the building and walk up the stairs. This building is located across the road from the Rustler Lodge.
The Skills course consists of one lecture and one full field day. Beacon rescue, snowpits, and group travel are addressed. The Level I conveys the same topics in more detail, and participants get a chance to apply the skills learned under the supervision of a guide.
If you have spent time in avalanche-prone terrain outside ski resorts, you are probably ready for the Level I. At least some touring experience is recommended, but not required.
Avalanche Skills is for anyone considering venturing outside controlled ski resort boundaries. It is appropriate for those who have never toured before or are seeking a succinct review of the material.
Serious recreational backcountry skiers and snowboarders, mountaineers, ice climbers and snowshoers enjoy the class. Ski patrollers, mountain guides, heli-ski guides, and other winter outdoor leaders also are common in the course. Level I or an equivalent introductory avalanche class is a prerequisite.
Call (801) 550-3986 or email us at uma@UtahMountainAdventures.com