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Information:Last updated 18 Nov 2019.
Pre-Class telecon: A 20 minute call on logistics and expectations will be scheduled on or around January 30th.
Two Weekend Class:
First weekend will be Feb 1st and
2nd 2020, Pinecrest, CA and second weekend will
be Feb 29th and Mar 1 st 2020 at Castle Peak/Donner Summit.
This course teaches students how terrain, weather, and snowpack contribute to avalanche hazards. This knowledge is used during decision-making exercises in the classroom and in the field session. Students also become acquainted with human factors, which skew effective decision making. The course covers movement through avalanche terrain, route selection/hazard identification, and stability assessments in the field environment. Also focuses heavily on the fundamentals of self, and companion rescue. Students complete a written exam and practical evaluation during field exercises. Upon course completion, students are qualified to participate in organized rescue operations.
This class will satisfy the Far West Division Nordic requirement for Avalanche as well as provide one elective credit for patrollers seeking advancement towards Senior (if taken with the additional organized rescue module).
Contact Keith Gale () if you have any questions.
Registration:Registration is open for 2020.
The Avalanche 1 course is open to all NSP members, approved affiliate organizations and interested members of the public (Contact course coordinator for details). People not part of the NSP or an affiliate should contact the course coordinator before registering.
Winter/Avalanche training comes with significant personal bodily risk as a direct result of the environment or prescribed lesson activities. As a student of the class, you assume all personal liability issues as a result of class registration and participation, and all participants in NSP classes are required to sign a release of liability holding the NSP and the Instructors of the course non-liable.
The Far West Division Event Release Form can be downloaded here.
Please download and read the course syllabus, agenda, logistics and equipment and the Far West Division Event Release form (see above links).
Directions to the Pinecrest Community Centre can be downloaded here.
Instructors wishing to help instruct at the course are encouraged to contact
Keith Gale ()
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