Motorized Backcountry 101


Snowmobiling and Snow biking is much safer and much more fun when you have an understanding of avalanches. Knowing when you can go big and knowing when you need to dial it back. Nobody wants to be that partner that can't make informed decisions or be counted on during a rescue. Spend an evening in the classroom and a day on the snow with the pros to learn how to get out in the backcountry, have fun and come home ready to do it again. Each one of our Motorized Backcountry 101 courses is lead by a UAC avalanche forecaster. Our instructor team is made up of UAC staff and other professionals, all with years of experience teaching avalanche education.

February 9 & 10, 2018

On Friday night, a forecaster will use videos, pictures, stories and class exercises to explain avalanche characteristics, snowpack fundamentals, clues to instability, terrain assessment, safe travel techniques, rescue techniques and decision-making. 

You'll learn how to recognize and travel in avalanche terrain, make individual and group decisions based on current conditions, and rescue a buried partner.  


On Saturday, we will meet and break into groups of about 6 and make travel plans based on current conditions. We will spend the day touring the backcountry on machines. We'll assess the snowpack, practice safe route-finding and decision-making, and perform a rescue. We encourage all participants to register for a Companion Rescue course in conjunction with this 101 class. 

Requirements & Logistics

Skills: You need to have enough snowmobile or snow bike experience to travel around in soft snow for the entire day.

Gear: You will need your own snowmobile or snow bike.

This is not learn to snowmobile class.  If you are unsure of your abilities, please contact us.

You will also need to carry everything you need for a day trip in the backcountry, including:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm clothes (we will be out in the backcountry all day in winter conditions)
  • Digital avalanche transceiver (we have some loaners)
  • Shovel (we have some loaners)
  • Probe (we have some loaners)
  • First aid and repair kit

Thursday: 6:00pm to 9:00pm - LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED

Saturday: We'll meet at the Miller Flat parking are which is on State Road 31 between Fairview and Huntington.  Miller Flat parking is at mile marker "?".  It is approximately ? miles from Fairview and ? miles from Huntington.

Recommended reading: Staying Alive In Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper

Visit: for an interactive e-learning avalanche program.

Do you have your own personal avalanche safety gear? If not, check out the "Fitting Room" to purchase your own safety gear. Every purchase from the link benefits the Utah Avalanche Center. Click the link here 

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. 

If you have any questions please email

Instructor Name
Brett Kobernik
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We require all students to carry a beacon, shovel and probe which we have a limited amount to loan out. Do you need to borrow an avalanche beacon/transceiver?
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No students under 18 on field day without waiver signed by parent. No refunds without waiver. Click HERE for waiver
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