AAA Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue for Snowmobilers. February 20-23, 2020

AAA Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue for Snowmobilers. February 20-23, 2020

Avalanche Science

Regular price $500.00 Sale

This course designed for snowmobile riders!

Instructor: Christopher Mayer, Pro-snowmobile rider with AAA PRO Credentials

    Prerequisite: Have snowmobile, avalanche rescue equipment, and it is experienced in off-trail snowmobile travel.

    Pre-course material: 4-hour online

    Course Format: 32 hours (4-day). One day of the classroom with three days of fieldwork and backcountry snowmobile travel.

    Course Fee: USD$500 per person.

    Course participants are limited to a maximum of six. 

    Learning Outcomes for AAA Level 1 Module:

    1. Gain an understanding of avalanche beacon technology and receive advanced training in avalanche companion rescue techniques.
    2. Safe travel in avalanche terrain; protocols, rituals, and human factors.
    3. Recognize avalanche terrain and the role of slope angles. Estimating and measuring slope angles.
    4. Introduce Avalanche Release Conceptual model and develop a systematic method for avalanche risk assessment and execution of safe travel plans.
    5. Gain understanding about the science of snow crystals, metamorphism, and slab avalanche fracture mechanics.
    6. Understand the impact of weather in the snowpack. Track precipitation, wind, and temperature critical thresholds driving stability.
    7. Target observations relevant to the avalanche problem of the day.
    8. Reliable identification of slab and weak layer structures in snow pits. Characterize snowpack structure reactivity with basic stability tests.

    Learning Outcomes for AAA RESCUE Module:

    1. Conduct transceiver functional verification at the trailhead.
    2. Understanding of the value and the function of avalanche rescue equipment.
    3. Demonstrate operation of a transceiver/beacon.
    4. Demonstrate professional level probing techniques.
    5. Become a reliable avalanche rescue companion.
    6. Comfortable executing avalanche single victim rescues with a team.
    7. Competent rescuer during two-victims avalanche scenarios.
    8. Demonstrate or identify the steps necessary to be able to complete a two-avalanche victim rescue in less than 7 minutes in a 50x50 meter area.
    9. Effective communication during avalanche rescues.
    10. Capable of generating Emergency Response Plans.
    11. Internalize that an avalanche incident is a medical emergency, and develop familiarity with potential injuries and potential medical issues common on buried avalanche victims.
    12. Develop awareness about the value of WFA/WFR/OEC/WEMT training.

    This course is not an AIARE course.