National Avalanche School Pro 1 Field Session

Course Description

4 days 860

National Avalanche School Professional Level 1 Field Session

This course should be taken after the National Avalanche School classroom session.  This course is designed for avalanche workers early in their careers, or for experienced workers looking to stay current with industry standards. The focus of this course is to prepare students to be contributing members of a risk management team, developing observational skills, as well as communication and rescue skills.  This course will spend much of our time in the field.  During this course, we will focus on developing systems for planning and executing a route, as well as for evaluating snow stability.  The goal of this course is to help students become skilled observers who will contribute practice and be evaluated on the following skills:

  • Demonstrate small party avalanche rescue response
  • Take and interpret weather station observations
  • Utilize morning and evening stability worksheets
  • Communicate the avalanche risk to team members
  • Assess and analyze avalanche terrain
  • Manage a small group in terrain appropriate for the avalanche problem
  • Select appropriate snow pit site
  • Systematically execute a snowpit, including weak layer identification and stability tests
  • Develop solid observational and documentations skills of snow, weather and avalanches

This is a pass/fail course.

Course City State Dates Cost
NAS Professional 1 Field Session Kirkwood CA 01/13-01/16 $ 860 Wait-list
NAS Professional 1 Field Session Arapahoe Basin CO 02/10-02/13 $ 860 Sign Up! (13/18 spots taken)
NAS Professional 1 Field Session Bozeman MT 03/03-03/06 $ 860 Wait-list
NAS Professional 1 Field Session Park City UT 03/16-03/19 $ 860 Wait-list
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