IMG 3330Field sessions give students an opportunity to put the skills they learned in the classroom to use in actual hands-on scenarios while being coached and mentored by leaders in the industry.  The lessons learned in the field are an essential piece to a student’s over-all avalanche training.  


The Americal Avalanche Institute will be the course provider for the NAS affiliated field sessions.  These sessions will be available to graduates of the 2015 & 2017 NAS classroom sessions.

Check out the AAI website for additional information and to register for a field session.


Students are trained and evaluated in these skills:

  • Stability Evaluation (including snow pits, stability tests & field observation recording)
  • Manual Weather Observations (study plot, digital data)
  • Companion Rescue Troubleshooting
  • Terrain Assessment, Route Selection & Safe Travel Protocols
  • Communication
  • Avalanche Hazard Evaluation
  • Risk Management