Avalanche Awareness 2 Day Course

$300 per person

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The avalanche awareness programme provides essential introductory information for backcountry users, who need the basic knowledge required to help them make decisions about their personal safety when in avalanche terrain.

The course provides foundation knowledge only and we recommend that course participants travel in the backcountry with experienced leaders until they have gained sufficient understanding of avalanche phenomena to make sound judgements for themselves.

The course comprises a theory session & field days. Field days are focused on practical work on snow.

Prerequisites:
Solid movement skills on snow (ski, snowboard, telemark, cross-country, snowshoe)

 

Learning outcomes:
Participants are expected to complete this program with a general awareness of:

  • The avalanche phenomenon

  • Issues related to decision making

  • Terrain identification and safe travel techniques

  • Practical techniques for companion rescue

Assessment:
This course does not have a formal assessment component but the provider issues an official certificate of attendance at the completion of the course.

 

Required Equipment:
You will require full ski clothes and equipment.  You will also require the basic backcountry kit:

  • A backpack

  • Avalanche transceiver (Digital is mandatory. 3 antenne digital is highly recommended!)

  • Avalanche probe

  • Avalanche shovel

  • Touring or snowshoe equipment

  • Sunglasses and goggles

  • Sun cream

  • Warm jacket

  • Packed lunch and water

 

Course Dates:

FALLS CREEK Avalanche Awareness 2 Day Course:

  • 24 – 25 August - SOLD OUT

  • 26 – 27 August - SOLD OUT

  • 29 – 30 August - SOLD OUT

  • 31 August – 1 September - SOLD OUT

 

THREDBO Avalanche Awareness 2 Day Course:

  • 3 – 4 September - SOLD OUT

  • 5 – 6 September - SOLD OUT

  • 7 – 8 September - SOLD OUT

  • 9 – 10 September - SOLD OUT


Backcountry Avalanche Avoidance 4 Day Course

$600 per person

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This 4-day course is designed for individuals who spend time travelling in an alpine environment, outside of ski area boundaries and focuses on applying the skills of personal preparation, route decision making and rescue skills. The course focuses on avoiding the need for avalanche related rescue, but also dedicate time to learning the technical skills required for rescuing a companion or small party.

It will suit those who have a basic understanding of avalanche phenomena and spend time travelling in an alpine terrain as part of a skiing, snowboarding trip or outdoor experience.

This is the next step on the avalanche educational pathway after taking the 2-day Avalanche Awareness Course.

The course is taught in uncontrolled terrain (outside of a ski area boundary) of low to moderate-angles where rope protection is not required for safety. There may be some exposure to heights.

This course is also a prerequisite for gaining an ISIA Stamp.

The course covers:

  • Trip planning and preparation.

  • Environment: weather, terrain, snowpack and how these relate to avalanche conditions.

  • Travel: Evidence based decision making about route selection and safe travel techniques.

  • Emergencies, rescue, equipment and what to do.

Course Prerequisites:
Participants must:

  • Be 16 years of age

  • Have a fitness level appropriate to travel safely for 8 hrs in backcountry terrain and conditions.

  • Be physically capable of walking, skiing or snowboarding in a variety of snow conditions on a moderate angled terrain.

  • Have attended an MSC Avalanche Awareness course, AST1 or a similar level of knowledge.

Learning outcomes:
On completion, the participant will have a theoretical knowledge of:

  • Characteristics of the avalanche phenomenon

  • Snowpack factors (layers, crystal ID, basic metamorphism)

  • Observation techniques

  • Human factors in decision making

  • Group travel in avalanche terrain

  • Small party search and rescue

Assessment:
This course has a formal assessment of avalanche rescue skills and on successful completion; the provider issues a ‘Certificate of Competence’.

 

Required Equipment:
You will require full ski clothes and equipment.  You will also require the basic backcountry kit:

  • A backcountry backpack that is specially designed to carry skis/snowboard (if you are not skinning).

  • Avalanche transceiver (Digital is mandatory. 3 antenna digital is highly recommended!)

  • Avalanche probe

  • Avalanche shovel

  • Either snowshoes or climbing skins and touring bindings & poles

  • Sunglasses and goggles

  • Sun cream

  • Warm jacket

  • Packed lunch and water

 

Course Dates:

FALLS CREEK Backcountry Avalanche Avoidance 4 Day Course:

  • 24 – 27 August - SOLD OUT

  • 29 August – 1 September - SOLD OUT

 

THREDBO Backcountry Avalanche Avoidance 4 Day course:

  • 3 – 6 September - SOLD OUT

  • 7 – 10 September - SOLD OUT