ASG3 January 25-28, 2024 [Replaces REC2+]
ASG3 January 25-28, 2024 [Replaces REC2+]

ASG3 January 25-28, 2024 [Replaces REC2+]

Avalanche Science

Regular price $850.00 $625.00 Sale

The ASG3 is a comprehensive preparatory course for backcountry leaders and aspirant guides.


Completed ASG1, REC1+ or equivalent.

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

Ski tour 4 consecutive days for a cumulative total of up to 8,000 vertical feet.

Pre-course material:

2-hour online

Course Format:

4 days of fieldwork and backcountry ski touring at Mores Creek Summit, Idaho City.

3-hour interactive classroom session with an instructor.

8-hours online video and multimedia material.


ASG3 Course modules:

Snow Weather Avalanche Guidelines 
Advance Risk assessment
Avalanche Conceptual Model

Learning Outcomes for RESCUE Module:

  1. Conduct transceiver functional verification at the trailhead.
  2. Understanding of the value and the function of avalanche rescue equipment.
  3. Demonstrate the 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 FIVE (5) 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.

 Learning Outcomes for the Level 2 module:

1. Enhance ASG2 advanced training in avalanche companion rescue techniques with multiple victim scenarios and triage.
2. Review REC1+ 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 on 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. Generate snow pit hardness and temperature profiles. 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.



Cancellation processing fee: $150

Partial refund (course fee - processing fee) if cancellation is requested 30 days prior to course date.