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.
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 Education Course
|Jan 4 - 6, 2021||Mon-Wed|
|Jan 18 - 20, 2021
|Feb 1 - 3, 2021||Mon-Wed|
|Mar 1 - 3, 2021||Mon-Wed|
Mon, 8am-4pm, Live Virtual Lectures
Tues, 8am-4pm, Field Session
Wed, 8am-3pm, Field Session
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.View All Avalanche Classes Custom Avalanche Instruction Avalanche Gear Avalanche Class Logistics Frequently Asked Questions