Avalanche Awareness Clinics

  • A view of Headwall

Learn the basics of snow science, how to access and read the avalanche advisory, how to operate standard avalanche equipment (beacon, probe, and shovel) and, most importantly, how to make good decisions.

What You will Learn
  • Avalanche statistics and human factors
  • Avalanche Terminology and Terrain
  • Snowpack and weather factors
  • Obvious clues
  • Avalanche advisories
  • Travel protocols
  • Companion rescue
Avalanche Awareness 1 Day Clinic
Dates Offered Location Time Rate*
January 11 Squaw Valley 9am-4pm $149
February 8 Alpine Meadows 9am-4pm $149
March 8 (Cancelled) Squaw Valley Cancelled $149

*  Does not include equipment or lift tickets

Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. The course will cover trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught by AIARE Qualified Instructors.

Level 1 certificate upon successful completion of the course.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Cerification 3-Day Clinic
Dates Offered Location Time Rate*
January 7-9 Squaw Valley 8am-4pm $389
February 2-4 Alpine Meadows 8am-4pm $389
March 10-12 Squaw Valley 8am-4pm $389

* Does not include equipment or lift tickets

Recommended Reading

  • Snow Sense, Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper 


  • Strong intermediate to advanced skiing/snowboarding skills
Closed for the 2014-15 winter season