The American Avalanche Association endorses the following training progressions for recreational and professional backcountry tourers who make decisions in avalanche terrain.
From Avalanche.org (https://avalanche.org/avalanche-courses/
Also known as Avi 101 or Avi Awareness, this is intended as a first avalanche course. It's an introduction to companion rescue skills, terrain recognition, snowpack evaluation and safe travel procedures. Backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers and snowshoers should take this class before venturing into avalanche terrain.
During two days of backcountry touring, learn skinning, efficient transitions and downhill technique on skis or splitboard, beacon and rescue skills, safe travel procedures, route selection, terrain recognition and snowpack evaluation while exploring legendary Wasatch terrain. Designed for those who'd like to learn it all in 2 days!
UMA's Level 1, taught in the ideal terrain of the Wasatch, is a 24-hr course, standardized in the USA, and equivalent to AIARE 1. It's designed for backcountry travelers seeking a comprehensive, intermediate-level snow safety course.
Out of sight, out of mind. Avalanches are often associated more with extreme sports such as backcountry skiing, splitboarding and snowmobiling, but not so much with ice climbing or hiking, statistics show otherwise.
UMA's Youth Level 1 is a 24-hr course designed for young backcountry travelers ready for a comprehensive and structured, intermediate-level snow safety course.
Companion rescue is a last resort, but an essential skill for backcountry partners to master, and refresh annually. This 8-hour, field-based course focuses on the fundamentals of efficient rescue for students of any level.
UMA's Refresher is a single-day, field-based review of key Level 1 concepts and skills. Focus is on information-gathering, appropriate terrain selection, and effective decision-making for Level 1 graduates.
Level 2 is a 24-hr advanced avalanche course. Focus is on decision-making for Level 1-experienced backcountry travelers seeking to expand their knowledge of snow science; ski or climb bigger lines; travel in diverse terrain and snowpacks; and ski out-of-bounds safely even when avalanche danger is elevated.
Thanks for helping to keep us safe in the backcountry and thanks for teaching us something new !
- Kate Schmidt
We all had a blast! Tyson is a great instructor. I'm looking forward to Level II in January.
- Polly Hart
All in all it was a wonderful experience and we definitely gained the confidence that we will be able to make sound decisions in the backcountry.
- Todd Berget
Utah Mountain Adventures
P.O. Box 521809
Salt Lake City, Utah 84152-1809
Phone: (801) 550 3986
Fax: (801) 486 8505
Utah Mountain Adventures' highly-regarded avalanche courses include the, 12-hour, Avalanche Awareness, the popular, 24-hour Avalanche I, and an intensive, 32-hour Level II, geared to the serious professional or recreational practitioner. All courses split time between field sessions and powerpoint lectures, videos, and other visual aids. UMA courses distinguish themselves from many others by offering low student to instructor ratios thus creating a great environment for hands-on education.
The Wasatch Range with its layered snowpack, and abundant, easily accessed avalanche terrain, is an ideal place to learn rescue, stability assessment, route-finding, snow science, safe travel, etc.
Our instructors, many of whom work as professional forecasters for the Utah Avalanche Center, Department of Transportation, heli-ski operations, and ski resorts, are passionate about teaching. Their goal is to arm students with the knowledge to make informed decisions and stay safe. Skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, snowshoers, snowmobilers, patrollers, forecasters, ice climbers, etc. benefit from UMA courses.