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Course cost $300.00
The course will be taught by Maxwell Morrill. He is a leader in the Backcountry. One of the first snowboarders in the Country to obtain a Level 1, 2 and 3 through American Avalanche Institute in the 90's. In 1996, he founded the first all snowboard Avalanche Level 1 at Brighton. One of the original Splitboarders in North America and has called the Wasatch his home for 24 years.

Student learning outcomes
At the end of the Level 1 course the student should be able to:
Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
Effectively utilize proper decision making to make terrain choices in a group setting
Demonstrate effective companion rescue.

Class coverage:
Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena

Types and characteristics of avalanches
Avalanche motion
Size classification
The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
Observations and Information Gathering

Field observation techniques
Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
Graphing Pit analysis
Observation checklist
Avalanche danger scale
Trip Planning and Preparation

Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
Route finding and travel techniques
Decision making and Human Factors
Companion Rescue and Equipment

All students must be able to travel in Backcountry terrain and must have equipment needed for on snow portion of the class. Some equipment can be acquired for class (shovel, probe) consult if course instructor if needed. We can also recommend local rentals if needed as well.

Dates 2/24 and 2/25

Course cost $300.00

Classroom portion / Saturday AM

Field portion / Saturday Afternoon & Sunday AM

Location: Brighton Resort backcountry