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 2020 NAS affiliated field sessions.  These sessions will be available to graduates of the 2017 & 2019 NAS classroom sessions.


The next round of NAS Field Sesions will be offered in January &

February of 2020.


Students are trained and evaluated on the following skills:

  • Demonstrate small party avalanche rescue response
  • Take and interpret weather station observations
  • Utilize morning and evening stability worksheets
  • Communicate the avalanche risk to team members
  • Assess and analyze avalanceh terrain
  • Manage a small group in terrain appropriate for the avalanche problem
  • Select appropriate snowpit sites
  • Systematically execute a snowpit, including weak layer identification and stability tets
  • Develop solid observational and documentation skills of snow, weather and avalances.