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Level 1 (Jan. 7th-9th, 2022)
January 7 @ 7:30 am - January 9 @ 5:00 pm
The Level 1 avalanche course is an interactive program covering the fundamentals of avalanche hazards including awareness and stability assessments. This course consists of approximately 40% classroom learning time and 60% in-the-field study. Instructors and students travel in and around avalanche terrain.
The course will be following American Avalanche Association guidelines focusing on:
- Recognizing and travelling in avalanche terrain.
- Reading, interpreting and using avalanche forecast along with field observations to make competent decision-making plans when entering avalanche terrain.
- The use of, and rescue skills associated with avalanche transceivers.
- Field observations of snowpack, weather and terrain along with the elements of snowpack formation.
- The use and interpretation of stability tests.
- The human factors that contribute to the decision making process.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Email us at email@example.com
What’s the refund policy?
Cancellations received up to 7 days prior to the registered course are eligible to receive a refund less a $50 service fee. Cancellations within 7 days of the registered course will NOT be eligible for a refund. No exceptions.
Cancellation requests are made on the Eventbrite website OR via email directly to The Patrol Fund, Inc.
Due to the everchanging policies regarding Covid-19 please be aware that in the case of course cancelled, full refunds will be administered to all participants.
Equipment List for The Patrol Fund, Inc. Level 1 & 2 Courses
Gear Needed For Field Sessions:
- Face coverings (more information to come)
- Whitefish Mountain Resort ski pass. (If you don’t have one please let us know that you need a ticket.)
- Skis or split board (must be fitted with some sort of brake/retention device)
- Skins for skis or splitboards (no snowshoes)
- Ski Poles (also required for snowboarders)
- Avalanche Transceiver
- Avalanche Shovel (no plastic shovels)
- Avalanche probe (at least 260cm length would be good)
- Ski pants or bibs
- Ski jacket or shell
- Warm gloves and/or mittens. I like to bring at least 2 pairs of handwarming clothing
- Warm hat
- Neck gaiter or scarf
- Water bottle and/or thermos
- Lunch/snack food
- Warm Layers (extra insulation for non-moving time in the pits like “puffy” jackets)
- Backpack with a decent method for attaching skis/board
Snow Study Gear:
- Inclinometer (compasses with inclinometers are fine)
- Snow saw (required)
- Rutschblock/ECT cord (required). Check Brooks Range or G3 for pre-fabricated ones or check here for making your own
- Magnifying lens/loupe (not required)
- Crystal screen/card
- Folding ruler or marked probe (marked in centimeters)
Gear Needed For Classroom Sessions:
- Camera for reviewing avalanches, pits, or noteworthy terrain observed in the field
- Tablet/phone with wireless connection for accessing remote weather data, avalanche advisories.
- Hand/foot warmers
Suppliers For Snow Study Gear:
- Rocky Mountain Outfitter (Kalispell) sells most of the Snow Study Gear and, of course, other stuff.
- Backcountry Access – https://backcountryaccess.com/
- SnowPit Technologies – http://snowpit.com
- Snow Metrics – http://www.snowmetrics.com/store/
- Rite In The Rain – https://www.riteintherain.com/ (Make sure it is spiral bound, Recommended: No. 313)