Introduction to Avalanches with Field Day

Thursday, January 31st and Friday, February 1st from 6-8 p.m. in the Lucy Carson Library Room

Topics covered in the workshop include: avalanche terrain recognition, the effect weather has on avalanche hazard, the development of the mountain snowpack, decision making skills, and basic search and rescue procedures.

Field Session:
Saturday February 2  from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Maverick Ski Area

Participants in the field course should have basic skiing and snowboarding skills with the appropriate equipment to negotiate “groomed” intermediate ski runs. Please bring skins or snowshoes for uphill travel. Although not required, an avalanche rescue beacon, shovel and probe will be very helpful for the field session.

Cost: $20.00 donation to the Friends of GNFAC
Optional: $10 ($12 at the door) for a copy of the book: “Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Avalanche Hazard”

You MUST attend the classroom session to participate in the field session.

Pre-registration is REQUIRED.
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For more information, please email or contact the Friends of GNFAC at 406-587-6984 or