Professional Level 1 Bridge Course

Course Description

2-days or 18 hours 465

This course is designed for students who have completed a level 2 avalanche course and would like to have Professional Level 1 equivalency.  This is a 2-day course, complete with skills review, as well as testing.  During this course, students will practice using morning and evening hazard assessment worksheets.  Students will have the opportunity to practice snow profiles before being tested on them on day two.  They will also take weather plot observations before being tested on these on day two.  A detailed terrain analysis exercise will be part of this course.

Students should come prepared to pass a rescue drill where they locate and excavate two buried beacons in 7 minutes.  Students should also come prepared to dig snowpits, identify layers, and execute stability tests.

This is a pass/fail course.

Students will be tested on:

  • Snow profile
  • Rescue proficiency
  • Weather Observations
  • Terrain evaluation
  • Morning and evening forecasting forms
  • Written exam


  • Level 2 avalanche course taken before the 2017/2018 winter season

Recommended Reading

  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
  • Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States (SWAG)

Additional Information

Have questions on the pro/rec split? See our pro/rec frequently asked questions page for more details, including a visual of the course progression.

There are no scheduled courses at this time.

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