Weekday Level 1 Avalanche Classes - Salt Lake City, Utah

Weekday Level 1 Avalanche Course

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 weekday 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:

Midweek Level One Avalanche Education Course

Avalanche Education Course

Course Details

2021 Dates

Jan 4 - 6, 2021 Mon-Wed
Class Full  
Jan 18 - 20, 2021
*MLK Day
Class Full  
Feb 1 - 3, 2021 Mon-Wed
Class Full  
Mar 1 - 3, 2021 Mon-Wed


Mon, 8am-4pm, Live Virtual Lectures
Tues, 8am-4pm, Field Session
Wed, 8am-3pm, Field Session
[Travel break]
Wed, 5pm-7, 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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