Avalanche Science

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 This is a 3-day Avalanche Science REC 2+ course. The dates listed correspond to classroom and field days. The Internet-ZOOM classroom sessions will be communicated once participants register.

AS Level 2+ is also a Level 1 refresher!

Course space is limited. Register ASAP to reserve your space. Avalanche Science courses are closed with 6 participants. 

    Prerequisite: Able to ski powder snow and familiar with ski touring (on skis or split-board) equipment.

    Pre-course material: 4-hour online

    Course Format: Two 3-hour internet-ZOOM REC1+ classroom REVIEW sessions scheduled from 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Three days of fieldwork and backcountry ski touring.

     Learning Outcomes for REC2+:

    1. Review REC1+/Level1 concepts:
      • Recognize avalanche terrain, develop a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment, and execute safe travel plans.
      • Science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
      • Understand the impact of weather in the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
      • Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.
    3. Become proficient with AAA SWAG nomenclature, snow/weather/avalanche observation recording. Understand SWE.
    4. Relate season weather history with snowpack structure and layering.
    5. Target standard and non-standard stability tests for various avalanche problems.
    6. Competent in the application of avalanche release conceptual model and the integration of danger diagrams that assess risk in complex avalanche terrain during trip planning.