Avalanche Education Survey and Online Courses

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One of our owners and lead instructors, Sarah Carpenter, created the Avalanche Education survey to start gathering more information about who is using the backcountry and what kind of avalanche education they have under their belts. Click here to take this 5-minute survey and provide essential feedback on your backcountry education journey.

Why Take the Avalanche Education Survey?

Our goal is to provide better access to avalanche education for all individuals. We realize there are several factors that may affect how and when you decide it’s time to educate yourself about how to travel safely in avalanche terrain. Or, how to determine what avalanche terrain even looks like. Therefore, we’ll use the Avalanche Education survey results, along with feedback in our classes, to keep providing you with affordable top-notch avalanche education.

Online Avalanche Education

If you want the most affordable way to dip your ski tips into avalanche education, take our online Avalanche Fundamentals class. For just $30, you’ll get the essentials needed for backcountry travel.

Besides the online education courses, we’ve included some quick tips below to help you make better choices in the backcountry. Got questions? We’re happy to help! Email us today.

Quick Tip #1: How to Choose the Right Partner

One of the key areas we talk about often in our classes is how to choose the right backcountry partner. In addition, we focused quite a bit on this in our last blog, The Human Factor. So in our efforts to give you more online education, we’re going to review how we choose a partner and also how the ‘Human Factor’ plays a role.

First, what do good partners in the backcountry look like? Second, how do you build those partnerships?

At AAI, we see a good partner as someone we can comfortably communicate with, even in high-stress environments. Someone that listens to what we’re saying, especially our concerns, and is willing to turn back if needed. They consider us when making decisions, instead of just pushing on through.

If I am with a partner that naturally pushes on through, instead of skinning up to ski challenging terrain, I will choose to ski low angle, non-committing terrain.

Quick Tip #2: Learn More About the Human Factor

In our Human Factor blog, we were also referring to how our natural tendencies influence our behavior. As part of this human factor, we also need to talk about risk tolerance, and that we all deal with risk a bit differently.

Watch our video below to get tons of info about how to manage risk, choose a good partner and build upon your avalanche education.

AAI: The Human Factor and Communication

To sum up, ensure you are building relationships with partners that will be able to look for things that you may not be looking for. A backcountry partner that might catch something that you might miss.


Are you interested in further improving your snow safety knowledge and staying sharp for your next backcountry adventure? Check out our current course offerings:

We are proud supporters of the American Avalanche Association. A3 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to professional excellence in avalanche safety, education, and research in the United States.

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