Motorized Avalanche Rec Level 1

Develop essential skills for snowmobiling in avalanche terrain including trip planning, hazard management, group communication, and terrain choice. This curriculum is designed specifically to meet the needs of motorized users. With one evening/midweek classroom session and a weekend field day, this course offers 24 hours of instruction time.

Classroom sessions (evening Zoom): Tuesday, January 23 and Wednesday, January 24
Field sessions: Saturday, January 27 and Sunday, January 28

Locations TBD on Flathead National Forest. Information and directions will be provided to students before the course date.

Using the AIARE Risk Management Framework, our Motorized Level 1 emphasizes riding time and covers topics such as avalanche rescue techniques and equipment; preparation, planning, and execution of a backcountry ride based on avalanche conditions; how to track the season’s snowpack and interpret an avalanche bulletin; avalanche terrain identification, hazard mitigation and safe travel techniques; and weather, snowpack, and stability analysis. This is an essential course for any backcountry rider.


Offered with The Mountain Riding Lab