Avalanche Safety Workshops


1-Hour Avalanche Awareness Class

We offer many FREE awareness classes that are constantly being added to our Education Calendar

The Education Calendar is a comprehensive list of all or classes as well as Level 1 and 2 avalanche classess offered by private companies.


Avalanche Safety Workshops

These are indepth, multi-hour or multi-day affairs: 

Intro to Avalanches w/Field Course

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

The Friends of GNFAC and ASMSU Outdoor Rec are sponsoring this course.The lectures will be held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings. The first 100 students to register will have a Saturday Field Session. All remaining students will have a Sunday Field Session.

Different topics are presented each evening. Topics include: avalanche terrain recognition, the affect weather has on avalanche hazard, the development of the mountain snowpack, decision making skills, and basic search and rescue procedures.

Participants in the field course should have basic skiing and snowboarding skills with the appropriate equipment to negotiate “groomed” intermediate ski runs. Please bring skins or snowshoes for uphill travel. Although not required, an avalanche rescue beacon, shovel and probe will be very helpful for the field session.

You MUST attend both classroom sessions to attend a field session.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
Cost: $30 donation to Friends of GNFAC
Register at: https://ticketriver.com/event/7113-jan_asmsu-intro-to-avalanches-w--fiel...

Lectures
Wed Jan 22 & Thurs, Jan 23, 2014, 7-930pm Procrastinator Theater, MSU Campus, Student Union Bldg.

Field Sessions
The first 100 students to register will have their field session on Sat, Jan 25, 2014 @ Bridger Bowl, 9:15a m-3:00pm. All other students will have their field session on Sunday, Jan 26th @ Bridger Bowl, 9:15am- 3:00pm.

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
For more information contact the GNFAC at 406-587-6984 or mtavalanche@gmail.com

Snowmobiler Introduction to Avalanches with Field Course

The GNFAC along with the Friends of GNFAC are sponsoring this course.

Five hours of lectures are followed by a full day field course. Topics covered include: avalanche terrain recognition, the affect weather has on avalanche hazard, the development of the mountain snowpack, decision making skills, and basic search and rescue procedures. Participants in the field session will each need a reliable snowmobile and basic mountain riding skills. An avalanche rescue beacon and shovel are required.

THIS COURSE MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS FOR GALLATIN NF SNOWMOBILE GUIDES CERTIFICATION.

For more informatin and to register:

West Yellowstone: Dec 19, 12-5pm and all day Dec 20, 2013

Bozeman: January 18, 12-5pm and all day Jan 19, 2014

Billings and Cooke City: January 22 and 23, 6-9 p.m. and all day January 26, 2014 in Cooke City - CANCELLED

Advanced Avalanche Workshop w/Field Course

The GNFAC along with the Friends of GNFAC and ASMSU are sponsoring this course.  

The lectures are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with a field course on Saturday at Bridger Bowl. Course content includes: snowpack metamorphism, the mechanics of avalanche failure and fracture, and decision-making. Different topics are covered each evening session. The field session includes snowpack analysis and avalanche rescue scenarios. The course emphasizes snowpack assessment and decision-making skills. Instructors are Karl Birkeland of the National Avalanche Center and Mark Staples of the GNFAC.

Course Requirements:
Students need a basic knowledge of avalanche terrain, weather factors that contribute to avalanches, and the development and relationship between slabs and weak layers. Therefore, each student should have taken the equivalent of our Introduction to Avalanches with Field Course. Each student needs to be skilled with their avalanche beacon and should also bring a shovel and a probe in the field.  Participants should be able to negotiate non-groomed, intermediate slopes on skis or a snowboard. Skins or snowshoes are needed for uphill travel.

You MUST attend both classroom sessions to go in the field on Saturday.
 

For more information and to register:

Advanced Avalanche Workshop w/Field Course: Jan 29 & 30, Feb 1, 2014

Companion Rescue Clinic for Snowmobilers

This six-hour clinic takes place entirely in the field. Every participant needs an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe (optional) and must have their own snowmobile.

The course goals are to 1) learn how to wear and operate an avalanche beacon, and 2) perform a mock rescue including single and multiple burial search. 

During the day we will cover the importance of beacon skills; beacon operation and search principles; demonstration and practice of initial, secondary and pinpoint search; rescue practice scenarios including group management, probing and shoveling; overview of first aid and emergency skills needed in actual rescues.

Registration is required.

For more information and to register:

COOKE CITY: Saturday, January 11, 2014, 10am

BUCK RIDGE: Saturday, February 8, 2014, 10am

Companion Rescue Clinic for Skiers & Boarders

This FREE rescue clinic is sponsored by Grizzly Outfitters & Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

The entire course will be held in the field. Students must be prepared to travel over snow with skis/skins, waxless skis, split boards or snowshoes. Each participant must bring their own avalanche beacon, shovel, probe and pack. Come prepared to comfortably participate in any weather conditions. Hot drinks, snacks and extra layers are strongly encouraged.

The course goals are to 1) learn how to wear and operate an avalanche beacon, and 2) perform a mock rescue including single and multiple burial searches. The course will also cover the importance of beacon skills; beacon operation and search principles; demonstration and practice of initial, secondary and pinpoint search; rescue practice scenarios including group management, probing and shoveling.

SPACE IS LIMITED AND PRE-REGISTRATION IS MANDATORY

Date:  Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Time:  10am – 2pm
Location:  Beehive Basin Trailhead, Big Sky, MT

To register, follow this link: https://ticketriver.com/event/9964
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For additional information contact Grizzly Outfitters at 406-599-2939 or the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center at 406-587-6984