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Avalanche Level 1 Class: for Skiers and Split-boarders 3/1-3/3 in Steamboat Springs / Northwest Colorado

Updated: Feb 16

Avalanche Level 1: This is a 3-day class the bedrock standard to travel safely in the backcountry under the American Avalanche Association Guidelines(A3).

Location: North West Colorado, multiple spots will be used in the vicinity of Steamboat Springs, Hayden, Clark, and Craig.

Accommodation Options:, and several more Air Bnb's in Hayden and all sorts of accommodation in Steamboat and Craig

Travel Mode: Backcountry Skis or Split-board

Dates: March 1st -3rd, field days. Upon interest, we will do the first day(classroom sessions) via ZOOM Earlier in the week on Monday, and Wednesday preceding the field days.

To Register: Use the embedded form at the bottom of this page, ring us, or use this Eventbrite page:

An Avalanche Level 1 class is an essential and foundational training program designed for individuals seeking to venture into avalanche terrain safely. This comprehensive course equips participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions in avalanche-prone environments. Our curriculum covers key topics such as avalanche types, snowpack analysis, terrain assessment, route finding, and rescue techniques. Participants gain a deep understanding of the factors contributing to avalanches, enabling them to assess the avalanche risk and make educated choices to minimize exposure.

The Level 1 course combines classroom instruction with practical field exercises, providing a balanced learning experience. In the classroom, participants delve into avalanche theory, weather patterns, and daily decision-making cycles to use "terrain" which is the answer to all 9 avalanche problems. Participants also learn to use essential tools such as transceivers, probes, and shovels for effective companion rescue. Field sessions allow participants to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios, honing skills like snowpack stability assessments and safe travel techniques. Completion of an Avalanche Level 1 class is a crucial step for anyone venturing into the backcountry, ensuring they have the expertise to navigate and enjoy these environments while minimizing the inherent risks associated with avalanches.

All students get a free trial pro-account for Caltopo included with class

At the end of the last day of class, students receive:

-Class completion certificate

-Complimentary membership to the Freinds of CAIC for the rest of the season, and Freinds of CIAC

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