Ketchum Avalanche Class
February 16, 2019 Mores Creek Summit near Boise 3-day course
Avalanche Science Level 1 Course Module Learning Outcomes: *Competent in developing a systematic plan for ski tours in avalanche terrain based in the integration of Situational *Awareness into the Decision Making framework *Use maps to identify avalanche terrain, assess avalanche risk, and select safe routes *Understand regional avalanche forecast products and produce local/zonal avalanche forecast *Familiar with Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Guidelines (SWAG Standards) *Top notch observer of snowpack, weather, and avalanches *Efficient recording of relevant observations *Recognize avalanche types and characteristics *Understand the impact of weather in snowpack development *Understand slab avalanches release and fracture mechanics *Able to track snowpack structure and test for reactivity *Versed in backcountry uphill and downhill travel techniques, group management, and risk reduction practices *Employ teamwork and communication to mitigate human factors heuristics and biases during trip planning and execution. *Reliable avalanche victim rescuer capable of consistent single victim rescue times below 5 minutes.
Course Format: 3-day, 8:00 AM-6:00 PM