AVALANCHE LEVEL ONE — Module  2 & 3 ONLY, requires that students submit their MODULE 1 Certificate of completion to attend. This course is primarily made up the outdoor fieldwork that a Level One Professional Rescuer is required to finish to hold a Level One avalanche certificate.

Students will spend two days in the field, outside in weather that can be quite extreme.  The course is designed for those who have a Professional Rescuer requirement for completing all three modules.  It will test you as a student; please do not register unless you are ready for the challenge.  The course that will teach you how to recognize and evaluate the contributing factors to snow avalanches. For two days you will take your classroom skills outside and ski tour to sites to evaluate the snowpack, perform stability tests and practice using an avalanche transceiver, probe, and shovel in avalanche rescue scenarios. Distance per day will not exceed 6 miles or 1,500 ft. elevation gain. You must be able to ski black diamond terrain!

This course at Whiteface requires ascending every morning on Nordic skis or backcountry equipment with “skins.”  Downhill skis are not acceptable.  This is a serious backcountry based course; students should be proficient on Nordic Skis, Telemark skis with skins, Alpine Touring Skis with skins or Split-Board snowboards with skins.  If you do not regularly ski/ride on this type of equipment, this course is not for you (look for a one-day Avalanche Level One – Module 1 course taught by local Regions).

A review of your MODULE 1 academic book reading is required.  Locate the books you purchased for Module 1 and re-read the original assignments.  All students are expected to do their assigned textbook reading weeks before the event and submit an open book online quiz.

The first day starts at the ASRC lodge with a morning briefing, trip planning, and gear check. We will then head out and spend the rest of the day ski touring to our destination to evaluate the snowpack, and practice avalanche rescue drills. The second day will meet at Whiteface mountains MSA building near the tunnel. We will ride the lifts to visit the slides and evaluate conditions at, “Slide in” then ski down “Upper Skyward” to “Slide Out”, re-evaluate the conditions, and then practice mock rescue drills..The day will end with us skiing down to the base area and debriefing our learning experience.

Prerequisites for the course include:

  1. re-reading the Module 1 books and preparing for the online test;
  2. getting a passing grade on the online open-book quiz;
  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.  Anyone who shows up wearing cotton will be sent home.  Remember, it can get extremely cold in the Adirondacks.  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.

This two-day event only includes fees for Modules 2 and 3 of the full  “Avalanche Level 1 for Rescuers” course.  Proof of Module 1 completion is required:

  1. $200.00 Non-Member Public Admission
  2. $120.00 National Ski Patrol Members.

This course requires additional costs for lodging and accommodations during the two-day stay.  Register early, there is a limit of only 12 students.  A waitlist develops every season.  Additional information will arrive by email; your slot in the course in only assured after payment is confirmed.  Refunds are only available if waitlisted students have enough time to take your slot in the course.  NSP reserves the right to cancel a program at any time, in which case a full refund will be provided.

The Eastern Division Avalanche program offers full courses with all three Modules.  Return to the Avalanche page to see the course offerings for the season.


  • Avalanche Level 1 for Rescue Personnel
    January 25, 2020 - January 26, 2020
    8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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