AVALANCHE LEVEL ONE — Modules 1, 2 & 3 is a long and demanding courses. This course will be conducted in two venues:
Venue 1) Online Learning and Zoom sessions. Module 1 will be conducted as an online learning course with lectures, videos, and online exercises, and three live ZOOM conferences the month prior to field dates. Attendance is required, and completion exercises online will be graded prior to attending fieldwork and classes that cover Modules 2 and 3.
Venue 2) Modules 2&3 id fieldwork with hands-on skill development. It will be conducted in the White Mountain National Forest, on Mt. Washington, and surrounding areas. The terrain is extremely challenging, with 2.5 miles of uphill travel with an average elevation gain of 1,500-2,500 ft. daily on backcountry equipment. Weather conditions on Mt. Washington are extremely challenging. Please consider your level of physical fitness before registering for this course.
If you are looking for a Senior elective, please look at Avalanche Level One-Module 1. It is a one-day course and is typically found at the regional level.
During the online video classroom, you will be introduced to the Avalanche Triangle, the hows and means of avalanche formation, important snow and avalanche terminology, decision-making, trip planning, as well as companion and organized rescue operations.
The field venue begins with a meeting in Gorham, NH, at the Town & Country Inn. On all three days, the entire class will ski tour into the Tuckerman Ravine and Huntington Ravine area of the Cutler River Drainage of the White Mountain National Forest or other surrounding areas to work hands-on developing skills with the new-found knowledge, experiencing avalanche terrain in an educated experience.
Prerequisites for the course include:
- reading the assignments and preparing for the online test;
- getting a passing grade on the online, open-book test;
- attending the mandatory Zoom sessions;
- students must be in physically fit condition and be proficient in the right equipment to travel and spend a full day in the outdoor winter environment.
Expect to ski/ride very challenging terrain; the class must be able to “skin” and ski Black Diamond terrain. Anyone who shows up wearing cotton will be sent home. Remember, it can get dangerously cold on Mount Washington. Students will need to use every skill learned in their MTR ONE course (MTR teaches mountain travel, staying warm, and winter survival — to increase your chances for success, it is recommended that students take MTR One prior to attending this course).
Students will be directed to the NSP Store for textbook purchases. Non-NSP Members must make arrangements with the Instructor to obtain all the books. Required reading:
“Avalanche Essentials,” by Bruce Tremper
“Avalanche Rescue Fundamentals” 2nd Edition, by Linda Ballard and Dale Atkins
Full Avalanche Level 1 course fee (including Modules 1, 2, and 3):
$450.00 General Public Admission
$300.00 National Ski Patrol Members.
Must attend the online student self-directed lessons for Module 1
Must attend the following two Zoom sessions:
- Tuesday, February 27, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM EST
- Tuesday, March 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM EST
Must qualify for and attend Module 2-3 Fieldwork Sessions on Mt. Washington from March 8 through 10, 2024, 8 AM to 4:30 PM daily.
This course requires additional costs for lodging and accommodations during the classroom portion. Please register below because there is a limit of 15 students. Additional information will arrive by email; you are required to pay upfront to ensure your classroom slot.
If you do not need Module 1 because you attended a classroom session in your local Region within the last three years, please contact the Instructor of Record for additional information or Email the Avalanche Program Supervisor. Accommodations are available. However, this course is for rescuers, so you will be expected to attend all three days. It will help prepare you for the anticipated difficulties encountered in the field exercises.
Avalanche Level 1 for Rescue Personnel
March 8, 2024 - March 10, 2024
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM