PhaseiThe classroom session offers intense learning and interaction in a lecture and workshop environment. The workshops give students an opportunity to discuss and clarify lecture concepts and to use those concepts in problem-solving and decision-making exercises.  Students are trained according to current best practices in the snow and avalanche industry, utilizing US Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States.

Registration Fee:     $595

Date & Location:      October 22-26, 2017

                                     Breckenridge, CO


Pdf Icon Classroom Agenda (as of 10/20/17)


Pdf Icon Attendee List (as of 10/18/17)



Classroom session topics include: 

  • The Avalanche Hazard & Risk Conceptual Model
  • Mountain Snowpack
  • Avalanche Formation & Release
  • Snow Pits, Snow Profiles & Interpretation
  • Mountain Meteorology
  • Weather Data Collection & Forecasting
  • Avalanche Hazard Evaluation
  • Explosives & the Snowpack
  • Avalanche Protection Fundamentals
  • Ski Area Considerations & Oversights
  • Operational Avalanche Rescue
  • Avalanche Rescue Technology
  • Wet Snow & Wet Avalanches
  • Difficult Avalanche Problems - Deep Slab & Post Control Release