Avalanche Level 1

Avalanche Level 1 provides students with a solid foundation of skills which enables them to travel more safely and make informed decisions in the backcountry. Class size is capped at six students, which allows the instructor to customize the course to specific student goals and increase one-on-one instruction. 

This course will cover curriculum that meets and exceeds the guidelines of the American Avalanche Association. The program is 24 hours long with 60% of course time spent in the field and 40% in the classroom.

All SIET avalanche courses are taught by an AMGA Certified Ski Guide who has extensive backcountry experience and has taught dozens of avalanche courses.



Course Topics and Learning Outcomes:

  • Access local avalanche bulletin and learn to understand & apply the information to travel in the mountains.
  • Describe where and why avalanches occur.
  • Understand key components for formation.
  • Human Factors: Identify & apply simple decision tools to prepare for traveling in avalanche terrain.
  • Apply risk management tools: safety equipment, trailhead checks, and communication.
  • Learn procedures for Basic Companion Rescue.
  • Make key observations for snowpack and weather.
  • Practice snowpack tests appropriate for the current avalanche problems.
  • Identify avalanche terrain in the field.
  • Choose terrain appropriate for the current avalanche forecast & safe travel. Link participant objectives to terrain and avoid avalanche problems.


  • Wasatch Range, UT
  • Dates: Jan 24-26, 2020.
  • Times: Jan 24- 5am-8pm; Jan 25- 8am-7pm; Jan 26- 8am-5pm  (It’s also possible to run an evening classroom session on the 23rd instead of the 25th. Other dates available upon request.) 
  • Rentals available, please make your request 10 days before the course start date
  • Course Fee: $390 (min 4 students)
  • Contact us with questions or for more details 

Required Gear List:

Avalanche Level 1 Equipment List


Mount Superior, the core of the Wasatch Range- home to world class backcountry skiing…and powerful avalanches!