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 February 23-28, 2011. Register here

Avalanche forecasting and advanced training
This course is the highest level of formal avalanche training in the U.S..  The focus of this course is efficiency and mastery of skills.  Approximately half of the course is classroom based and the other half is field based.  We will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.

This course focuses on the following knowledge and skill sets:
    Proficiency in single and multiple burials
    Effective organized rescue techniques and leadership
    Improved understanding of snowpack formation & metamorphism
    Advanced avalanche mechanics including: 
              initiation vs. propagation
              the role of temperature on avalanche triggering
    Understanding, and accounting for, spatial variability
    Strengths and limitations of stability tests
    Professional standard of recording data and record keeping     
    Creating personal/professional forecasts and nowcasts based on available     
    Recognizing trends, and patterns, in stability
    Efficient & accurate route-finding and group management in complex terrain.
    Human factors that influence decision-making as professionals and 

Course requirements
SEE L3.Course Application.pdf
40 hour Level 2 avalanche course
Minimum of 1 season in between Level 2 & Level 3 course.
20 documented tours in avalanche terrain
10 recent snow profiles
Able to find 2 buried transceivers w/in 6 minutes (30m x 30m area)

time commitment
This course is a 6-day or 60 hour course.


recommended reading
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper, The Mountaineers
The Avalanche Handbook, McClung and Schaerer, The Mountaineers
Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG), American Avalanche Association
Pre-course Level 3 CD (sent after you register)

Download Level 3 Course Application here 

Sample Schedule
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