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 Tuesday, February 7 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

Tuition: $400


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.

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 to Thursday, February 9, 2023