Snowmobile Avalanche Level 1 Course




January 27-29


The course will begin 5pm-830pm Friday the 27th, Saturday the 28th, class will be held 9am-5pm and Sunday the 29th, class will be held 9am-4pm.

Course Overview

Boondocking, ditchbanging, and hill climbing? If these sound like familiar terms then you’re ready for our Level 1 snowmobile specific course. This special course has been developed specifically for snowmobilers and mountain riders.

Morning sessions introduce the concepts to students. Afternoon field sessions in backcountry terrain provide hands-on experience and ensure quality field time with our instructors.

These experiential sessions examine topics discussed in the classroom. All students practice companion rescue, route finding and terrain analysis, dig snowpits, and conduct stability tests. All field excursions will be made on snowmobiles.

The mountains that surround Cooke City provide a world class venue for Avalanche education. The venue in Cooke City provides a perfect place to immerse yourself in Avalanche Safety and Snow science for three days. We at Beartooth Powder Guides are passionate about educating people about Avalanche Safety and look forward to making you a better riding partner for your friends and family!


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  • Avalanche Types and Anatomy
  • Basic Slab Mechanics
  • Terrain Management Protocols and Group Communication
  • High Marking Guidelines
  • Snowpack and Weather
  • Field Observations and Judging Instabilities
  • Introduction to Snow pits and Stability Tests
  • Avalanche and Snow Climates
  • Human Factors and Decision Making
  • Reading and Understanding Avalanche Bulletins
  • Proper use of Avalanche Beacons, Probes and Shovels
  • Companion Rescue

This course is based on guidelines established by the American Avalanche Association


Location Start End Cost Spots
Sign Up Cooke City 2018-01-27 2018-01-28 325 10 spot(s) left