This FREE class will take place in two parts. The classroom session will be February 1st in the RecPlex Center in Livingston from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Instructors will cover basic avalanche awareness. Topics include: avalanche terrain recognition, the effect weather has on avalanche hazard, the development of the mountain snowpack, decision making skills. In addition, there will also be a discussion of rescue techniques and avalanche rescue gear.
Part two of the class will be a field session on Sunday, Feb 4th in Mill Creek from 10am to 2pm. Each participant must bring their own avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack.The field session will be held entirely outdoors. Come prepared to comfortably participate in any weather conditions. Hot drinks, snacks and extra layers are strongly encouraged.The course goals are to 1) learn how to dig a snow pit, perform stability tests and interpret avalanche conditions, 2) learn how to wear and operate an avalanche beacon, and 3) perform a mock rescue including single and multiple burial searches. The course will also cover the importance of beacon skills; beacon operation and search principles; demonstration and practice of initial, secondary and pinpoint search; rescue practice scenarios including group management, probing and shoveling. Pre-registration is required.