Review material learned in Level I, update your knowledge to newer stability tests, and sharpen rusty rescue skills. Designed for those who haven't taken a Level I class for 3 years or more, and not desiring a Level 2 certification, this class will re-affirm backcountry leadership skills in avalanche prone ski, snowshoe, ice and alpine climbing terrain. Includes identification of snow crystal types and processes leading to them; how to record and interpret information gained from snow pits and stability tests, and companion rescue clinic.
The evening lecture (on either a Thursday or Friday from 6-9 pm) will be a review of snow science terminology, weak layer formation and recognition, rescue, terrain, weather, and the human factor. Instructors will use anecdotes, slides, powerpoint presentations, and other visual aids to go over these topics. A Q & A forum and plan for the field day will conclude the evening. The Saturday field session will be an applied review of the above topics, assuming a pre-existing Level 1 knowledge base. Students will travel on skins or snowshoes in the backcountry, ideally covering some distance and making route-finding and stability decisions. Instructors will work with no more than 6 students each to review safe travel procedures, dig snowpits, perform stability tests, practice beacon search and rescue scenarios.
How to Register:
Digging Snowpits, Level 1 Avalanche Refresher
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|Dec 8 - 9, 2017
Fri, 6-9pm & Sat, 8am-4pm
One Evening classroom session plus One Full Day field session. Evening session (6-9pm) and Saturday field session (8am-4pm).
Salt Lake City, Utah
$219 per person plus tax.
UMA reserves the right to cancel or shorten the clinic if fewer than 2 participants register.
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