Level 1 Avalanche Classes - Salt Lake City, Utah

Level 1 Avalanche Course

Learn safe travel in avalanche terrain and recognition of weather, snow pack and terrain factors contributing to avalanche hazard. Dig snow pits and perform field tests to recognize weak and strong layers in snow pack and practice efficient rescue with avalanche beacons. 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. It is designed for those with or without previous avalanche education or experience, seeking a comprehensive and structured course.

The schedule includes lectures in Salt Lake City on Friday evening, and a mix of field sessions and lectures on both Saturday and Sunday in Alta and the surrounding backcountry. All of the on-snow instruction is in the backcountry, no instruction is in the ski area. The graduate of this course will understand the basics of snow science, stability evaluation, safe travel, and rescue, and be ready to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain.

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 11 - 13, 2020 Fri-Sun
Dec 18 - 20, 2020 Fri-Sun
Jan 8 - 10, 2021 Fri-Sun
Jan 22 - 24, 2021 Fri-Sun
Feb 5 - 7, 2021 Fri-Sun
Feb 19 - 21, 2021 Fri-Sun
Mar 5 - 7, 2021 Fri-Sun
Mar 19 - 21, 2021 Fri-Sun


One evening session and two full-day sessions: Fri (6-9pm), Sat (8am-8pm) & Sun (8am-5pm)


Salt Lake City, Utah


$399 per person plus tax.

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


Introductory. No previous experience required.

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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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