Avalanche Level 1 Course: August 10-12 at Volcan Villarica
Avalanche Level 1 course learning outcomes:
- Adoption of "field journal" to document plans when traveling in avalanche terrain.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain and identify safe routes.
- Effectively integrate situational awareness principles into terrain travel selection decisions and relevant observations.
- Familiar with Avalanche Science: Avalanche types and their characteristics, avalanche classification, and release mechanisms.
- Familiar with Snow Science: snow metamorphism and snowpack development.
- Competent observer of avalanches, snowpack, and weather. Familiar with SWAG standards.
- Introduction stability assessment: recognize snowpack structure and perform basic stability tests.
- Travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction.
- Introduce risk mitigation treatments for human factors and rare events.
- Instill robust uphill and downhill avalanche terrain travel rituals.
- Mentor participants on effective teamwork and communication techniques.
- Increase participant likelihood of survival in an avalanche - What to do if caught in an avalanche?
- Train participants in fundamental avalanche rescue skills.
- Demonstrate effective single victim companion rescue in timed simulations.
- Prepare the student for the AAA PRO1 track.
Prerequisite: Be able to ski tour (on skis or split-board) and tour as much as 3,000 vertical feet per day.
Pre-course material: 4-hour online
Course Format: 3-day, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM
Cancellation Policy: 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start. No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered.