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The GNFAC along with the Friends of GNFAC and ASMSU are sponsoring this course. 

ADVANCED REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

Lecture Schedule: Wed, 1/28 & Thurs 1/29, 7:00pm to 9:30pm.

Lecture Location: MSU Strand Union Room 233

Field Course Location: Sat, 1/31, 9:15am to 3:00pm at Bridger Bowl

The lectures are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with a field course on Saturday at Bridger Bowl. Course content includes: snowpack metamorphism, the mechanics of avalanche failure and fracture, and decision-making. Different topics are covered each evening session. The field session includes snowpack analysis and avalanche rescue scenarios. The course emphasizes snowpack assessment and decision-making skills. Instructors are Karl Birkeland of the National Avalanche Center and Mark Staples of the GNFAC.Course Requirements:Students need a basic knowledge of avalanche terrain, weather factors that contribute to avalanches, and the development and relationship between slabs and weak layers. Therefore, each student should have taken the equivalent of our Introduction to Avalanches with Field Course. Each student needs to be skilled with their avalanche beacon and should also bring a shovel and a probe in the field.  Participants should be able to negotiate non-groomed, intermediate slopes on skis or a snowboard.

Skins or snowshoes are REQUIRED for uphill travel.

You MUST attend both classroom sessions to go in the field on Saturday. 

Cost: $50.00 donation to the Friends of GNFAC

 For more information contact the GNFAC at 406-587-6984 or friendsofgnfac@gmail.com

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SUB Rm. 233
Montana State University,
Bozeman, MT 59717