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 offered in early-2018.  These sessions will be available to graduates of the 2015 & 2017 NAS classroom sessions.

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Check out the AAI website for additional information, dates & locations.


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