Avalanche Safety - Level 1 Course
From Wednesday, January 08, 2020
To Friday, January 10, 2020

$450/person  •  Pre-Season Sale $425 – Sale Ends Oct 31st

This 3 day course is taught based on the AIARE motorized curriculum. You will gain extensive and in-depth knowledge through terminology, professional resources, case studies, instruction, practice, and applying the knowledge to a full day of riding. Day 1 is spent in the classroom learning about terrain recognition, different types of avalanches, what causes avalanches, snowpack variation, safe travel practices, resources for information pertaining to weather, snowpack, and avalanche conditions, a couple of case studies, record keeping, and much more. Day 2 is split into 2 different sessions. The morning session takes place in the classroom preparing for the afternoon. The afternoon session is all about gear and rescue. These items include-

  • proper gear overview
  • understand your beacon
  • performing a rescue
  • communication and leadership
  • beacon search
  • using a probe
  • strategic shoveling
  • handling an emergency situation
  • group management and communication

Day 3 is dedicated to riding your snowmobile in avalanche terrain and applying everything you learned on days 1 and 2! Everyone will be expected to lead the group demonstrating the skills acquired throughout the course. Students must be on their game as they will be challenged mentally and physically to assure they are relating the information to their riding. Some of the additional items learned and applied throughout the day are-

  • checking/discussing local avalanche forecast
  • daily plan/goals
  • gear check
  • group management
  • make observations
  • measuring slope angle
  • snowpack evaluation, learning about layers
  • stability tests
  • document information
  • perform a rescue
  • safely navigate avalanche terrain
  • communication
  • submit an observation

Your instructor, Matt Entz, is a professional member with the American Avalanche Association (AAA) and a certified motorized Level 1 course provider through the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)

Required Equipment & Releases

In order for you and us to have the best experience with Mountain Skillz, there are a few things we ask of you. Please bring a modern mountain snowmobile that is in good operating condition. We also have a fleet of new 2020 Polaris AXYS RMK 850s available for rent! It’s strongly recommended that you arrive in good physical shape. Please inform us of any medical conditions ahead of time. This information will remain confidential.

All guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or submit approved documentation from a legal guardian prior to arrival. All guests will sign a PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT including a LIABILITY RELEASE and INDEMNIFICATION verifying that they have read, understand, and agree to ALL terms.

Necessary equipment for all guests:

  • adequate clothing (base layer, mid layer, boots, pants, jacket, helmet, 2 pairs of goggles, stocking hat, and multiple pairs of gloves). We stock a full line of Klim gear at our store and are happy to order any specialty items.
  • properly functioning beacon with good batteries to be worn on your body
  • backpack with storage for shovel and probe
  • shovel with metal blade
  • avalanche probe
  • safety equipment (such as knee/shin pads or braces and protective vest).
  • you are responsible for food & drinks

Thanks to the help and support from KLIM, we can provide a beacon, airbag, shovel, and probe for you to use while you are on the snow with us at no charge.

JonMiller Matt Entz MountainSkillz**CANCELLATION POLICY**

We prefer not to cancel any trips, but realize that life happens. Please contact Matt to try and reschedule. All deposits are non-refundable and there are NO cancellations within 48 hours of scheduled trip. Prior to 48 hours from scheduled trip the cancellation fee is 25% or payment can be used to reschedule for any available dates within 2019-2020 operating season.

Contact Matt Entz, Owner of Mountain Skillz

Mountain Skillz is an equal opportunity service provider operating under a Special Use Permit throughout the Divide Ranger District of the Rio Grande National Forest.