Avalanche Training

Boulder Creek 2016-17 Avalanche Training Schedule

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On the Snow Avalanche Companion Rescue Class

Dec 18th, 9AM $70

Dec 18th, 1PM $70



Four hours. Outdoors setting. Hands-on training.

Learn: To find a beacon in under two minutes, search efficiently for multiple beacons, probe for a victim, lead and execute a fast avalanche rescue.

Course Content: Single and multiple beacon searches: Search patterns.Walk by test.Working as a team.Accurate pinpointing.Effective shoveling. Common mistakes in beacon searches. Probing: Finding someone without a beacon. Effective probing and pinpointing deep burials. Rescue techniques: Not just looking at a beacon.Analyzing the avalanche and finding the most likely burial point.Coordination and step by step procedures for a fast rescue.Leadership and team work.probing and probe lines.Mistakes in rescue.Rescue scenarios.Group timed rescue.Find victims with and without beacons.

What to bring: Warm clothes and extra gloves. Dress much warmer than you would expect. We have never cancelled a class due to weather.Food and water.Sunscreen.Your avalanche gear: beacon, shovel, probe.Good health, please let us know if you have health conditions or concerns. We will be walking/running up and down hills on the rescue scenario and rescue station.

We supply: Beacons, shovels and probes if you do not have them.



Level 1 - Snowmobile Specific

Feb 3,4,5 $350
Friday All Day, Saturday All Day, Sunday morning

March 3,4,5 $350
Friday evening, Saturday all day and evening, Sunday all day

Boondocking, ditchbanging, hill climbing? If these sound familiar then you are ready for our Level 1 snowmobile specific course. This special course has been developed specifically for snowmobilers, ski bikers, 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 top-notch staff. Each day students travel into backcountry snowmobile terrain.
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 and ski bikes.
Our instructors for the Snowmobile Course include Mike Duffy, a pioneer in snowmobile avalanche education in Colorado. All instructors will have good riding skills along with excellent avalanche education skills.

Curriculum Overview
This Level I Course continues to be the ideal choice for backcountry sledders, providing the right combination of class time and true backcountry experience.
The comprehensive curriculum includes:Terrain Evaluation, Safe Travel Protocols, Route Finding, Tour Preparation, Decision Making, Avalanche Equipment, Companion Rescue, Human Factors, Mountain Weather, Snowpack Development, Recognizing Instabilities in the Snowpack, Using Observations and Tests, Simple Snow Pit Profiles, Applying Current Avalanche Bulletins to Tour Planning


Instructor Mike Duffy
Mike runs his own avalanche education company called Avalanche1 and has pioneered snowmobile avalanche education in Colorado. He is a recognized snowmobile expert in avalanche awareness and has taught over 100 snowmobile specific avalanche courses in Colorado in the past five years. Mike also works as a technical representative for BCA for the snowmobile audiences. Mike has American Avalanche Association Level I &II and AvPro level III certification, teaches at Colorado Mountain College and Silverton Avalanche School and gives snowmobile-specific avalanche classes since 1996.
Visit the Avalanche1 website to learn more.


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U.S.F.S Special-Use Permit
Boulder Creek operates under a Special Use Permit with the Cle Elum Ranger District, Okanogan Wenatchee National Forest. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.