Youth Level 1 Avalanche Classes - Salt Lake City, Utah

Youth Level 1 Avalanche Course:

Learn safe travel in avalanche terrain and recognition of weather, snow pack, terrain and human factors contributing to avalanche hazard in the company of other young snow riders. 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, youth-friendly 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 youngsters 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

UMA's youth class is oriented toward 13-17 year-old backcountry skiers, splitboarders, mountaineers, ice climbers and snowshoers. Freeride competitors, ski racers and ski-mo team members have frequented this course, as have other teens seeking a solid foundation in the fundamentals of avalanche safety. The schedule includes a mix of interactive lectures and field sessions using skins or snowshoes for uphill travel.

How to Register:

Youth Level I Avalanche Courses

Youth Level I Avalanche Course

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Course Details

2023 Dates

Dec 26 - 28, 2023
Tue - Thur


3 Full Days, 9am – 5pm


Salt Lake City, Utah


$449 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


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