Courses

If all of our courses are full, there are other educational opportunities this season via the Flathead Avalanche Center and SOLE.
 


Registration for 2019 courses opens Dec 1st, 2018 at 9 a.m. MST.

Instructors for the Avalanche Courses
Our instructional staff consists of highly qualified individuals from our community. We are pleased to have Ted Steiner, Erich Peitzsch, Adam Clark, Jenny Cloutier, Lloyd Morsett, and Lynne Wolf. Each are active and experienced trainers and backcountry enthusiasts. In order to meet or exceed American Avalanche Association (AAA) guidelines of student-to-instructor ratio each course will have one lead instructor and two co-instructors.

Location
All lectures and field study will be held at Whitefish Mountain Resort. All courses will meet on the first dayt at the WMR Base Lodge, Mt. Jackson Room. Ensuing days consist of lectures at the Summit House and field study in the backcountry immediately surrounding the Whitefish Mountain Resort.

Lift Ticket & Access
The resort is providing day use tickets for students and/or instructors who do not have a season pass. During our field study days the resort will also grant students and instructors lift access at 8:30 am.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations received up to 7 days prior to the registered course are eligible to receive a refund less a $50 service fee. Cancellations within 7 days of the registered course will NOT be eligible for a refund. No exceptions.

Cancellation requests are made on the Eventbrite website OR via email directly to The Patrol Fund, Inc..
 


Registration for 2019 courses opens Dec 1st, 2018 at 9 a.m. MST.

Level 1 Avalanche Course, $220
The Level 1 avalanche course is an interactive program covering the fundamentals of avalanche hazards including awareness and stability assessments. This three day, 24 hour course, consists of 40% class room time and 60% in- the-field study. Instructors and students travel in and around avalanche terrain.
 
Course Dates
Jan. 25-27, 2019 — Weekend
Feb. 1-3, 2019 — Ladies Only
Mar. 13-15, 2019 — Weekday
 
The course will be following American Avalanche Association guidelines focusing on:

  • Recognizing and traveling in avalanche terrain.
  • Reading, interpreting and using avalanche forecast along with field observations to make competent decision-making plans when entering avalanche terrain.
  • The use of, and rescue skills associated with, avalanche transceivers.
  • Field observations of snowpack, weather and terrain along with the elements of snowpack formation.
  • The use and interpretation of stability tests.
  • The human factors that contribute to the decision making process.


Level 2 Avalanche Course, $350
The Level 2 avalanche course is an interactive program is for aspiring backcountry leaders and backcountry companions desiring greater skills and knowledge. This four day course consists of 40% class room time and 60% in- the-field study. Instructors and students travel in and around avalanche terrain.
 
Course Dates
Feb. 21-24, 2019
 
Participants will learn to:

  • Plan group travel and systematically manage hazards in avalanche terrain;
  • Observe and record field observations, perform and document a test profile;
  • Forecast instability and danger rating;
  • Demonstrate effective communication addressing human factors;
  • Conduct mock multiple burial companion recovery.

Pre-requisites:

  • Level 1 or Level 1 refresher in last 5 years.
    (Note: Level 2 may not be taken in the same season as first time completion of Level 1);
  • Read: Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain by Bruce Tremper;
  • Must be able to efficiently travel in the backcountry with up to 3000-4000 vertical feet of
    climbing using a splitboard or skis.

 


Registration for 2019 courses opens Dec 1st, 2018 at 9 a.m. MST.

Level 1 Avalanche (Jan. 25-27, 2019)

Class Size
Student Tickets: 13 spaces
Waitlist Slots: 12 spaces

If the course is showing “Sold Out” it means that the course is sold out AND that the waitlist is full.

 

Level 1 Avalanche, Ladies Only (Feb. 1-3, 2019)

Class Size
Student Tickets: 11 spaces
Waitlist Slots: 12 spaces

If the course is showing “Sold Out” it means that the course is sold out AND that the waitlist is full.

 

Level 1 Avalanche (Mar. 13-15, 2019)

Class Size
Student Tickets: 13 spaces
Waitlist Slots: 12 spaces

If the course is showing “Sold Out” it means that the course is sold out AND that the waitlist is full.

 

Level 2 Avalanche (Feb. 21-24, 2019)

Class Size
Student Tickets: 10 spaces
Waitlist Slots: 12 spaces

If the course is showing “Sold Out” it means that the course is sold out AND that the waitlist is full.