AVALANCHE LEVEL ONE — Module 1, 2 & 3 is a long and demanding course.  It is three days with two of those spent in the field, outside in weather that can be quite extreme.  This course will test you as a student; please do not register unless you are ready for the challenge.  If you are looking for a Senior Elective,  please look for an Avalanche Level One – Module 1 “only” course which is one-day and typically found in local Regions.  This course at Mount Washington requires a two-hour accent on skins every morning, physical fitness is essential.

On the first day in the classroom, you will be introduced to the Avalanche Triangle, the how’s and mean’s of avalanche formation, important snow and avalanche terminology, decision making, trip planning, as well as companion and organized rescue operations.  The course begins with classroom work in Gorham, NH at the Town & Country Inn.  On the second and third day, 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 to work hands-on with the new-found knowledge, experiencing avalanche terrain in an educated light.

Prerequisites for the course include:

  1. reading the assignments and preparing for the online test;
  2. getting a passing grade on the online open-book test;
  3. you must be in physically fit condition and be proficient on 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).

Both the AAA (American Avalanche Association) and AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) recognize NSP’s Avalanche Level 1 course for rescue professionals.

Students will be directed to the NSP Store for textbook purchases.  Non-NSP Members will need to make arrangements with the Instructor to obtain all the books.

Full Avalanche Level 1 course fee (include Modules 1, 2 and 3):

  1. $295.00 General Public Admission
  2. $195.00 National Ski Patrol Members.

This course requires additional costs for lodging and accommodations during the classroom portion.  Please register below because there is a limit of 18 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, 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.  The Eastern Division Avalanche program often schedules one course that teaches  Module 2 & 3.  Return to the Avalanche page to see the course offerings for the season.


  • Avalanche Level 1 for Rescue Personnel
    March 20, 2020 - March 22, 2020
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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