Avalanche instructors / guides can teach avalanche safety skills any day of the week that fits your schedule on a custom basis. Dig snowpits, perform stability tests, practice beacon search and rescue scenarios, travel up and downhill while employing avalanche-hazard mitigation procedures, and learn safe route-finding skills.
Many participants do avalanche-oriented ski tours, enabling them to learn and apply skills under the tutelage of a professional. Ski touring partners often spend a day in the early season with a guide to refresh skills, make sure they are all on the same page and build trust in one another.
Difficulty: No backcountry experience necessary; intermediate downhill ski ability required
Duration: 6-8 hours
Max Ratio: 6:1
Meeting Time: Generally 8am
Meeting Location: Big or Little Cottonwood Park and Ride Lot, Alta or Brighton, depending on current conditions
Lift Accessed Tour: Price of single ride lift tickets is additional
What We Provide:
What You Need:
How to Register:
|1 person||$450 / person|
|2 people||$300 / person|
|3 people||$250 / person|
|4 people||$225 / person|
State & Local Taxes will be added. Gratuity not included.
Avalanche with adjacent skier in Silver Fork
Photo by Bruce Tremper
Thanks for helping to keep us safe in the backcountry and thanks for teaching us something new !
- Kate Schmidt
We all had a blast! Tyson is a great instructor. I'm looking forward to Level II in January.
- Polly Hart
All in all it was a wonderful experience and we definitely gained the confidence that we will be able to make sound decisions in the backcountry.
- Todd Berget
Utah Mountain Adventures
P.O. Box 521809
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809
Phone: (801) 550 3986
Fax: (801) 486 8505
Utah Mountain Adventures' highly-regarded avalanche courses include the, 12-hour, Avalanche Awareness, the popular, 24-hour Avalanche I, and an intensive, 32-hour Level II, geared to the serious professional or recreational practitioner. All courses split time between field sessions and powerpoint lectures, videos, and other visual aids. UMA courses distinguish themselves from many others by offering low student to instructor ratios thus creating a great environment for hands-on education.
The Wasatch Range with its layered snowpack, and abundant, easily accessed avalanche terrain, is an ideal place to learn rescue, stability assessment, route-finding, snow science, safe travel, etc.
Our instructors, many of whom work as professional forecasters for the Utah Avalanche Center, Department of Transportation, heli-ski operations, and ski resorts, are passionate about teaching. Their goal is to arm students with the knowledge to make informed decisions and stay safe. Skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, patrollers, forecasters, ice climbers, etc. benefit from UMA courses.