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Level 1 (Jan. 7th-9th, 2022)

January 7, 2022 @ 7:30 am - January 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

The Level 1 avalanche course is  an interactive program covering the fundamentals of avalanche hazards including awareness and stability.

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 info@thepatrolfund.org

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)
  • Boots
  • Ski Poles (also required for snowboarders)
  • Avalanche Transceiver
  • Avalanche Shovel (no plastic shovels)
  • Avalanche probe (at least 260cm length would be good)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Sunscreen
  • 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:

  • Compass
  • Inclinometer (compasses with inclinometers are fine)
  • Pencil
  • 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:

  • Pencil
  • Notebook/paper/tablet

Optional Gear:

  • 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:


January 7, 2022 @ 7:30 am
January 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
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Whitefish Mountain Resort
1015 Glades Drive
Whitefish, MT 59937 United States