The 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.
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Classroom Agenda (as of 9/28/22)
Classroom session topics include:
- The Avalanche Hazard Conceptual Model
- Mountain Snowpack
- Avalanche Formation & Release
- Snow Profiles, Stability Tests & Interpretation
- Weather & Its Impact on the Snowpack
- Weather Data Collection & Display
- Avalanche Hazard Evaluation - Practical Applications
- Explosives & the Snowpack
- Avalanche Protection Fundamentals
- Decision Making for Avalanche Professionals
- Ski Area Operations
- Operational Avalanche Rescue
- Avalanche Rescue Technology
- Wet Snow & Wet Snow Avalanches
- Difficult Avalanche Problems in a Challenging Climate