Level 1 Avalanche Classes - Salt Lake City, Utah

Level 1 Avalanche Course

Schedule has been modified due to COVID-19

Learn safe travel in avalanche terrain and recognition of weather, snow pack, terrain and human factors contributing to avalanche hazard. Dig snowpits and perform field tests to recognize strong over weak layers in snowpack and practice efficient individual and group rescue with avalanche beacon, shovel and probe. UMA avalanche instructors are broadly experienced, patient, passionate professionals with an intimate knowledge of the Wasatch Mountains.


This 24-hour, Recreational Level 1 Course is sanctioned by the American Avalanche Association, and students will receive a nationally recognized certificate upon completion. It is designed for those seeking a comprehensive and structured course. Graduates will understand the basics of snow science, stability evaluation, safe travel, and rescue, and be ready to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain.

  • Accessing and understanding content of local avalanche reports
  • Effectively applying an avalanche forecast to decision-making
  • Where and why avalanches run and key components of their formation
  • Recognition and management of human factor risks
  • Effective group communication
  • Using simple decision-making and planning tools
  • Trailhead checks, safe travel protocols and procedures to minimize risk and exposure
  • Companion rescue skills, including single-beacon recovery, efficient probing and shoveling techniques
  • Basics of weather with respect to snowpack layering and structure
  • Performing key snowpack tests and observations
  • Recognizing avalanche terrain in field and during classroom route-finding exercises
  • Selecting terrain and route appropriate to the present avalanche forecast and problem
  • Associating objectives to terrain and avalanche avoidance

The schedule includes Interactive Virtual Lectures on Thursday, Friday and Sunday evenings, and field sessions on Saturday and Sunday in the Cottonwood Canyons backcountry. Students should be competent in snow travel. Splitboarders and snowshoers are welcome, as well as backcountry skiers.

How to Register:

Avalanche with adjacent skier in Silver Fork

Avalanche with adjacent skier in Silver Fork

Photo by Bruce Tremper

Course Details

2020/21 Dates

Dec 10 - 13, 2020 Thur-Sun
Class Full  
Dec 17 - 20, 2020 Thur-Sun
Class Full  
Jan 7 - 10, 2021 Thur-Sun
Class Full  
Jan 21 - 24, 2021 Thur-Sun
Class Full  
Feb 4 - 7, 2021 Thur-Sun
Class Full  
Feb 6 - 9, 2021 Sat-Tues
Class Full  
Feb 18 - 21, 2021 Thur-Sun
Class Full  
Mar 4 - 7, 2021 Thur-Sun
Class Full  
Mar 18 - 21, 2021 Thur-Sun
Class Full  


Th and Fri, 5:30-9 pm. Live Virtual Lectures
Sat 8am-4pm, Field Session
Sun 8am-3pm, Field Session
[Travel break]
Sun, 5-7, pm Zoom Meeting (Wrap-up)


Salt Lake City, Utah


$425 per person plus tax.

UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.


Intermediate. Up and downhill snow travel skills required. Avalanche Awareness/Skills class and/or backcountry experience recommended.

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Utah Mountain Adventures

P.O. Box 521809

Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809

Phone: (801) 550 3986

Fax: (801) 486 8505

Email: uma@utahmountainadventures.com

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