IMG 3330The field session gives students an opportunity to put the skills they learned in the classroom to use in actual hands-on field sessions and are an essential piece to a student’s over-all avalanche training.  Students are trained according to current best practices in the snow and avalanche industry, utilizing US Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States.


Field session participants must have successfully completed a classroom session and be able to travel efficiently on skis and/or snowboard both within a ski area and with skins in the backcountry.


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The next series of field sessions will be held in

January & February of 2018.


Pdf Icon Basic Field Session Agenda


Students are trained and evaluated in these skills:

• Stability Evaluation (including snow pits, stability tests & field

  observation recording)

• Manual Weather Observations (study plot, digital data)

• Companion Rescue Troubleshooting

• Terrain Assessment, Route Selection & Safe Travel Protocols

• Communication

• Avalanche Hazard Evaluation

• Risk Management

In addition, students spend time with leaders in US snow safety operations and with the avalanche mitigation programs at the host areas.