Motorized Level 1
Develop a variety of skills including trip planning, terrain assessment, hazard management, and group communication.
24 hours of instruction, including evening classroom time (40%) and 16 field hours (60%). The instruction/lecture will be held on the FVCC Campus on Friday, February 3 from 6-9pm. Saturday and Sunday field day starts at 8AM; locations are tentatively Canyon Creek (north of Columbia Falls) or the west side of Hungry Horse Reservior.
Instructor: Eric Knoff with Six Points Avalanche Education
Required gear: Must provide your own modern working avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel (no plastic blades) and avalanche probe. Also must have your own registered snowmobile/snowbike that is in good working order. Transportation is on your own. Bring a helmet , wear appropriate clothing and provide your own lunch. You are required to have a fully operational modern avalanche transceiver (457kHz), an avalanche shovel (no plastic blades) and an avalanche probe. Also, you must have your own registered snowmobile/snowbike that is in good working order. Information needed: Make, Model, Year, registered and in good working order.
The course will be following American Avalanche Association guidelines focusing on:
- Recognizing and traveling in avalanche terrain.
- Reading, interpreting and using avalanche forecast along with field observations to make competent decision-making plans when entering avalanche terrain.
- The use of, and rescue skills associated with avalanche transceivers.
- Field observations of snowpack, weather, and terrain along with the elements of snowpack formation.
- The use and interpretation of stability tests.
- The human factors that contribute to the decision making process.
Made possible by our diamond sponsors: Black Diamond Mortgage Corporation, Dream Marine, Fresh Life Church, Two Bear Air Rescue, and Whitefish Mountain Resort.