Avalanche Level 1 – Jackson, Wyoming

  • Price: $699.00
  • Duration: Choose 2 online sessions + 2 field days or 3 field days

This Avalanche Level 1 in Jackson, Wyoming, course provides a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and skills that backcountry skiers and travelers can use to navigate snowy terrain in the mountains.

All field days are consecutive, course dates below indicate the first day in the field. See Overview tab for details about mandatory pre-course webinar(s).

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Overview:

What’s on a Level 1 Avalanche class?

Level 1 Avalanche Students can expect to have a mix of touring, skiing and classroom lectures. Learn how to combine the avalanche forecast with field observations to make informed decisions about traveling in the backcountry.

Pre-course work for two-day/hybrid courses:

Two-day course (aka hybrid) mandatory pre-course webinars take place on Monday (session A) and Wednesday (session B), 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm weekly November 20th through March (except Christmas week). Students must attend any session A and B prior to going into the field. An additional online meeting will take place the night before your course to coordinate logistics.

Avalanche Level 1 provides a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and skills. The AAI Backcountry Avalanche Checklist helps to focus the curriculum around a systematic approach to sorting and prioritizing information in the complex environment of decision-making in the backcountry. This course will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.  The classroom portion of the course will be online, with the majority of it self-paced online learning.

Still have questions about this avalanche course? See our frequently asked questions section for details on gear, skill levels, and more.

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This Avalanche Level 1 course focuses on the following:

  • Basic avalanche terminology
  • Recognizing avalanche terrain
  • Travel procedures in avalanche terrain
  • Formation of the mountain snowpack
  • How weather changes the snowpack
  • Human factors and how they can influence decision-making
  • Interpreting the avalanche forecast bulletin
  • Tour planning
  • Avalanche transceiver use and rescue skills
  • Field observations of terrain, snowpack, and weather
  • Basic use and interpretation of stability tests
  • Use of the Backcountry Avalanche Checklist in the field to provide a system for prioritizing information, working as a team, and minimizing possible human factor traps
  • Classroom decision-making scenarios to practice use of the checklist
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Prerequisites:

This course can be taken on AT skis, splitboard, or snowboard with snowshoes. Participants must have experience on their setup prior to taking this course and be comfortable in steep blue to black terrain at the areas.

Preparation:

Recommended Reading:

  • Snow Sense, Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
  • Avalanche Essentials, Bruce Tremper

Duration:

Choose 2 online sessions + 2 field days or 3 field days

Maximum Ratio:

6:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

What is included on an Avalanche Level 1 course:

  1. Professional instruction
  2. Course workbooks
  3. Online/classroom and field instruction
  4. Lift tickets (unless otherwise noted), if the course is operating out of a ski area

What is not included on a the Avalanche Level 1 course:

  1. Transportation to and from the trailhead
  2. Personal gear
  3. Avalanche rescue gear
  4. Food

Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Avalanche Beacon

Modern, digital, three-antennae beacon with fresh batteries.

1

Mammut Barryvox S

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Avalanche Probe

Collapsable metal or carbon rod used to probe avalanche debris while attempting to strike a buried target.

1

Mammut Carbon Probe 280 Speed Lock

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Avalanche Rescue Shovel

Ski specific shovel used to dig pits and avalanche rescue. A metal blade is mandatory.

1

Mammut Carbon Probe 280 Speed Lock

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Backpack: 20-40 liter

Packs smaller than this tend not to be able to carry the necessary amount of equipment and clothing.

1

Mammut Nirvana 35L

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Backpack: 45-65 liter

The approach to the hut will be more than 1 hour uphill. Everything you will be carrying should fit inside the pack.

1

Mammut Trion 50L Pack

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Baselayer Bottoms

Synthetic or Merino Wool, Lightweight or mid-weight are recommended.

1

Men: Stio Basis Midweight Merino Tight
Women: Stio Basis Midweight Merino Tight

Stio

Clothing
Beanie or Fleece Hat

Should cover the ears and fit under a helmet. Hats with fluff balls on top do not fit under helmets.

1

Stio Charlie Beanie, Stio Turpin Fleece Cuff Beanie

Stio

Clothing
Bowl, mug, fork, and spoon

Personal utensils

1

Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Climbing Skins

Nylon or mohair. Trimmed and adjusted to fit your skis or splitboard ahead of time.

1

Fischer Climbing Skins

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Compass

Used for navigation and orientation. A compass with adjustable declination is preferrable.

1

Silva Ranger CLQ

Online
Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Ear Plugs

Sometimes fellow campers snore. Ear plugs may help you get quality rest.

1

Foam ear plugs

Optional
Face Mask – PPE

Should be made with at least two layers of fabric. Your mask needs to cover your nose and mouth without large gaps. The mask should have ear loops or ties so you can adjust it. Look for a mask with a bendable border at the top so you can mold the mask to fit the bridge of your nose and prevent your glasses from fogging.

2 Optional
First Aid Kit

Your guide will have an emergency First Aid Kit. You should bring a small kit including blister prevention and care products such as a role of athletic tape and Moleskin. Your kit should also contain a few Band-aids, some Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

1

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Floatation (Skis, Snowboard, or Snowshoes)

Students are welcome to participate on snowshoes, skis, or snowboard. Skis should have touring bindings; lightweight tech bindings are ideal. Splitboards are ideal for snowboarders. Snowboarders using resort snowboards will need to have snowshoes. All students will need poles.

1

Skis: Fischer Transalp 98 CTI
Bindings: Dynafit Radical

Splitboard: Weston Backcountry
Splitboard Bindings: Spark/Karakoram x Weston

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Food

Proper lunches that are prepared ahead of time are recommended (sandwich, burrito, leftover pizza, etc), along with an assortment of snack bars, gels, or trail mixes. Feeze-dried meals are acceptable on overnight trips, but not day trips.

1

Made in Nature, Thrive Tribe

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Goggles

Protect your eyes and face from wind and sun burn.

1

Julbo Airflux

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Hardshell Pants

These should be non-insulated pants with ankle cuffs wide enough to fit over your ski or ride boots.

1

Men: Stio Men’s Objective Pro Bibs

Women: Stio Women’s Figment Bib

Stio

Clothing
Headlamp

Load with fresh batteries. Critical for hiking before sunrise and great to have in the pack in case you are caught out after dark.

1

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Heavyweight Waterproof Glove

This glove comes out when the winter going gets cold and wet or at higher altitudes.

1

Stio Objective Insulated Glove

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Clothing
Hot Drinks

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa are great for warming up when it’s cold outside.

1

Cusa Tea; Alpine Start Coffee

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Hut Shoes

Having a slipper, bootie, or Croc to walk around in while inside the hut keeps your socks dry and your feet warmer and more comfortable.

1

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Clothing
Laptop

Useful for navigation courses, including hiking and ski tour planning.

1 Optional
Lightweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Worn against the skin and is considered a “wicking” layer that facilitates the movement of moisture away from the skin and through the layers. Hooded base layers add extra versatility.

2

Men: Stio Basis Midweight Merino Crew
Women: Stio Basis Midweight Merino Crew

Stio

Clothing
Lightweight Gloves

Synthetic; Thin gloves used when hiking the early morning approach. Belay gloves can suffice if full-fingered.

1

Stio Seeker Glove

Stio

Clothing
Lip Balm SPF 15 or higher.

Non-SPF rated lip balms can actually increase your chances of getting burned.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Mechanical Pencil

Great for taking notes in the field.

1 Optional
Midweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Adds extra warmth and protection from the cold and wind without creating a moisture barrier as a jacket would. Having at least one base layer that is hooded adds versatility, protecting the neck and ears from cold winds.

1

Men: Stio Gannett Peak Fleece Half Zip
Women: Stio Gannett Peak Fleece Half Zip

Stio

Clothing
Midweight Softshell Glove

This is the workhorse glove and is most often worn on warmer days when mountaineering. Softshell gloves are water-resistant and durable. They often have leather palms and fingers.

1

Stio Trail Creek Glove

Stio

Clothing
Neck Gaiter

“Buffs” are quite versatile in their uses. They can be used as light beanies, neck warmers, and can offer face protection from the cold wind or sun.

1

Stio Neck Gaiters

Stio

Clothing
Pajamas

It can be nice to have something clean to change into each night for sleeping in your sleeping bag.

1 Clothing
Personal Care Items

Medications, glasses or contacts, feminine products, etc.

1 Optional
Personal Toilet Kit

At minimum, bring a small Ziploc with toilet paper. Consider bringing a travel sized package of hand-wipes. Idealy, purchase, or for free from the RMNP Backcountry office, bring a “Rest Stop.” The Rest Stop, known as “Blue Bags” in the Pacific Northwest, or the “Wag Bag” in other areas, are poop-in-a-bag systems that include toilet paper and a sanitizing hand wipe.

1

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Ski Helmet

This item is recommended but not required. We will be skiing in the trees, and in snow conditions where rocks, stumps, and downded logs are present.

1

Camp Speed Comp

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Ski or Snowboard Boots

Footwear should be appropriate to mode of travel i.e. ski, snowboard, or insulated winter boots for snowshoes. For snowshoers, a boot such as the Scarpa Mont Blanc is the minimum level of boot required. Ski Boots should have a walk mode.

1

Scarpa Maestrale RS

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Ski or Trekking Poles

Two poles, with powder baskets, are required for all skiers, splitboarders, and snowshoers. It is ideal if poles are ski-specific and collapse small enough to fit onto a pack when climbing.

1

One Way TR Vario

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Ski Straps

18″ Rubber or velcro straps to connect skis when attaching them to a pack. Also useful for a variety of in-the-field equipment repairs.

2

BCA Ski Strap

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Skis or Snowboard

Skis should have touring bindings; lightweight tech bindings are ideal. Splitboards are ideal for snowboarders. Snowboarders using resort snowboards will need to have snowshoes and poles.

1

Skis: Fischer Transalp 98 CTI

Bindings: Dynafit Radical

Splitboard: Weston Backcountry
Splitboard Bindings: Spark/Karakoram x Weston

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Sleeping Bag (10° to 35°)

Down or synthetic sleeping bag is acceptible.

1

Rab Neutrino 400

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Slope Meter (Inclinometer)

Used to measure slope angle, this tool is a standard equipment item for any backcountry traveler in avalanche terrain.

1

BCA Slope Meter

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Smart Phone App

There are a plethora of apps that assist in navigation. These apps use your phone’s GPS functions and can work in the mountains offline.

1

Avanet; Gaia Maps; Topo Maps

Optional
Smartphone

Great for taking photos and videos. Smartphone batteries tend to shut down in freezing temps – keep your phone in a warm inner layer. A tether is ideal in the mountains to protet against dropping your phone.

1 Optional
Snow Saw

For cutting columns during snowpack analysis – Note that this is mandatory on Pro Courses.

1

BCA 35cm Snow  Saw

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Snow Study Kit

Crystal card, magnifying lens, thermometers, 2 meter ruler – Note that this is mandatory on pro courses.

1

BCA Snow Study Kit

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Softshell and Fleece Jacket

Water-resistant, windproof, yet it “breaths,” which means it allows moisture to move through. Hoods are ideal. There are multiple thicknesses of Softshell jackets. A lightweight or medium-weight jacket is preferred. Fleece jackets are acceptable.

1

Men: Stio Sidecut Tech Hoodie
Women: Stio Sidecut Tech Hoodie

Stio

Clothing
Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion

1

North Face Beyond the Wall

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Clothing
Sun Hat

A billed hat to keep the bright mountain sun at bay.

1

Stio Ballcaps and Truckers

Stio

Clothing
Sunglasses

“Wrap-Around” style sunglasses with 100% UV Protection.

1

Julbo Shield

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Synthetic or Down Puffy Jacket

Fits over all other layers and is worn at breaks and on really cold days. Synthetic puffies are more durable, are easily laundered, and dry out quickly if wet. Down puffies are lighter weight, pack smaller, and provide exceptional warmth, but once wet, they stay wet.

1

Men: Stio Men’s Hometown Down Hooded Jacket
Women: Stio Women’s Hometown Down Hooded Jacket

Stio

Clothing
Synthetic or Merino Wool Socks

Wool and synthetic blends are great for long days on the trail. “Ski” and “Snowboard” socks are especially useful when warmth is desired.

2

Stio All Mountain Lightweight Ski Sock

Stio

Clothing
Thermos

Many backcountry travelers prefer to bring a thermos of hot water or soup instead of one of their water bottles.

1

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Toe Warmers and Hand Heaters

Help keep you warm on particularly cold days.

1

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Toiletries

Bring enough for the trip. Toothpaste; brush, floss, deodorant, lotion, eye drops, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.

1 Optional
Watch with Altimiter

An altimeter is very useful in gauging progression of altitude gain or loss when climbing, and especially when visibility is decreased due to weather. Many Altimeter watches have compasses or GPS tracking functions.

1

Coros Vertix 2

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Optional
Water Bottles

1 liter bottles are the standard. Bladders such as Camelbacks and Platypus are acceptable for above freezing temps, but only in conjunction with another bottle. Bladders are not acceptable during sub freezing temps. Sports drinks are also acceptable.

2

Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Salt Lake: Wasatch Touring
Jackson: Teton Mountaineering
Bozeman: Uphill Pursuits

Equipment
Waterproof Shell Jacket

Non-insulated, Gore-Tex, Dermizax, Event, or other waterproofing system is required. Mostly, this jacket sits in the bottom of your pack and comes out when the weather gets nasty with precipitation. This jacket should fit over all other layers.

1

Men: Stio Men’s Objective Pro Jacket
Women: Stio Women’s Figment Jacket

Stio

Clothing

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