Avalanche Training Level I Refresher (Feb. 9-10, 2019)
KPAC Level 1 Refresher – 1 ½ day format
KPAC Education Director: David Lovejoydavid.email@example.com,928-830-5577
Course Description:As the name implies, the level 1 refresher course is designed to update and refresh skills that have been previously acquired in a full length level 1 course. Standards and practices used in the field enviably change as research enhances our understanding of the avalanche phenomena, and technology and social patterns change our reality. In this course we will introduce the newest material and review what which has stood the test of time. Perspective students are encouraged to review the literature in advance to enable a quick progression. Links to pivotal paper will be sent out to student ahead of the course start. This course is strongly recommended for those who intend to enroll in the Avalanche level 2 courses, but have not stayed abreast of current developments.
Participants should have taken their level 1 training within the previous five years, however, exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. Appropriate participant background:Participants should be at least intermediate backcountry skiers or snowboarders who have received level 1 training within the past five years. Participants are encouraged to prepare for this course by reviewing selected written material and coming to the course physically prepared. Everyone is responsible for providing their own avalanche safety equipment (transceiver, probe and shovel), skiing or boarding equipment and winter essentials (pack with comfort and survival paraphernalia). A detailed list of recommended equipment is available upon request. Instructor to student ration: 1:6 with a maximum of 6 students and 1 or 2 instructors
Snow Sense by Jill Fredston
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper
Recommended reference material: Snow, Weather and Avalanche Observational Guidelines for the United States, American Avalanche Association, a field observation and snow pit book, miscellaneous snow assessment items such as: snow saw, a compass with inclinometer, probe pole with centimeter scale, crystal card and hand lens.
Learning Outcomes: The successful student will:
Refresh their skills and knowledge and acquire updated practices and standards in compliance with SWAG and current research.
Receive feedback and assessment of their skills in preparation to enrolling in an avalanche level 2 course.
Receive guidance and recommendations for further development.
Cover a review of all essential level 1 skill in snowpack stability assessment
Itinerary and progression:
Day 1 – 1 pm, Meet at Ft Valley Lodge
1:00pm— Review of essentials of the avalanche triangle and open book level 2 pretest exercise/discussion
3:00pm— Quick companion recovery exercise (timed)
4:00pm— Update on level 1 curriculum and SWAG revisions
5:00pm— Tour plan briefing for day 2
Day 2 – 8 am, meet at Agassiz Lodge
8:00am— Gear inspection and winter backcountry permit if necessary
9:00am—Ride Lift 1 to top
9:30am—Beacon check, review of travel protocols and depart on tour in split groups ( Dutchman’s, Seven Meadows, Alison Clay, Southside, or Snow Slide Springs – TBA according to conditions)
10:00am—Switch from Instructor guided to student managed travel
1:00pm— Test pits and stability testing conducted by students with instructor coaching
2:00pm— Review of various decision making strategies and discussion of descending options
3:00pm— Descend and evaluate options for further travel or other curricular nee,.d such as rescue scenario.
5:00pm— Return to Agassiz Lodge, debrief course, answer questions and conduct exit interview with emphasis on suitability to progress on to level 2 courses. Course price $200.