Backcountry 101 for Snowshoers

On Thursday night you will be treated to three hours of video, slides and stories helping you to understand avalanche characteristics, snowpack fundamentals, clues to instability, terrain assessment, safe travel techniques and most importantly companion rescue techniques. Along with this, you will learn how to interface with, understand and apply the current avalanche advisory. 

November 30 & December 2 At Brighton Fire Station
$130.00
Theory

During our day in the field, one of our main areas of study will address the many facets of companion rescue. Along with this, we will focus on how to identify and avoid avalanche terrain. We will also cover how to identify weak layers in the snowpack. Our travel day is suitable for all ages and travel will not be overly strenuous. We will spend 6-7 hours in the field. 

The location for our field day will be discussed during the Thursday evening class. 

Practice

During our day in the field, one of our main areas of study will address the many facets of companion rescue. Along with this, we will focus on how to identify and avoid avalanche terrain. We will also cover how to identify weak layers in the snowpack. Our travel day is suitable for all ages and travel will not be overly strenuous. We will spend 6-7 hours in the field. 

The location for our field day will be discussed during the Thursday evening class. 

Requirements & Logistics

Skills: You need to be able to snowshoe in different snow conditions from low snowpack to deep snow. 

Gear: You will need snowshoes and boots. Also, you must have ski poles capable of uphill and downhill travel. You should be familiar with your equipment and ready to use it. You will need a pack (we have some loaners).

And:

• Food

• Water

• Warm clothes (we will be out in the backcountry all day in winter conditions)

• Beacon (we have some loaners)

• Shovel (we have some loaners)

• Probe (we have some loaners)

• First aid and repair kit

Thursday: 5:30-8:30pm at Brighton Fire Station.7688 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, Salt Lake City, UT 84121

Saturday: 8am to 4pm, field site to be announced at the Thursday evening class session. We will meet at the designated area, and you will need to be ready to go with all you gear on. We recommend arranging to carpool on Thursday night.

Recommended reading: We recommend that you read Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain (Tremper) and Snow Sense (Fredston) prior to class.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Bo@utahavalanchecenter.org

Cancellation policy: Our classes generally fill up.  If you can't attend the class, please let us know by 5pm Friday afternoon the week before class for a partial refund- We will refund all but $25. If you cancel after that but more than 24 hours before the evening class, we'll refund all but $65 of your fee. After 5 pm the day before class, there will be no refund. 

Instructors
Instructor Name
Bruce Engelhard
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We group people into groups with similar abilities. Please rank your uphill ability (High=very fit-fast, Low=not as fit, slower
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Venue
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