This 2 day course will be based out of the Woody Creek Cabin in the Absaroka Range above Cooke City, MT. The cabin is a 2.5 mile skin from Cooke City, and is situated within 1/4 mile of the Wyoming border and the North Absaroka Wilderness. It’s located just below treeline – with access to glades and alpine terrain alike, making this a great venue to learn about terrain and the snowpack while being fully immersed in the mountains for the duration of the course. Completion of a Basic or Level 1 avalanche course is a prerequisite for all participants.
This course is for backcountry travelers with rusty or outdated avalanche skills and people preparing for a Level 2 Avalanche Course. During the 2 days, participants will be exposed to techniques and skills required to be a competent backcountry partner. Outcomes of the course include:
This will include a combination of lectures and field sessions, where students will get hands on experience in learning about snowpack layering, terrain management, weather elements, decision making, and rescue skills.
Course Topics Overview
This course is based on guidelines established by the American Avalanche Association
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