Avalanche Classes


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. Students may choose either a Saturday or Sunday Field Session when they register.

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

Lectures
Wednesday and Thurs, 7-9:30 p.m. at MSU SUB Ballrooms

Field Sessions
During registration you can choose either Saturday or Sunday for your field session. They are both held at Bridger Bowl, 9:15 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

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

Register for 2016-17 classes here:

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1 w/ field on Dec. 3 or 4

Jan. 18 & 19 w/ field on Jan. 21 or 22

 

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:

2016-17 Dates coming soon!

 

LEVEL 1 Avalanche Fundamentals for Snowmobilers

When: Evening lectures TBD All day field session on TBD

Where: TBD

Cost: $100 donation to the Friends of the Avalanche Center.

Requirements:

Everyone must have their own sled and rescue gear (shovel, probe and beacon). There will be a beacon/rescue gear TEST the first night of class.

Everyone must be a strong rider and negotiate most backcountry terrain and is confident highmarking on steep, open slopes and weaving through tight trees and other technical obstacles.

This course is limited to 16 riders! Registration closes early.

Dates TBD

 

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 include Karl Birkeland of the National Avalanche Center and Forecasters from 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.

Pre-registration is required:

Jan. 25, 26 and 28, 2017

 

 

 

Companion Rescue Clinic for Snowmobilers

This six-hour clinic takes place entirely in the field. Every participant needs an avalanche beacon, shovel and probe 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:

2016-17 Dates TBD

Companion Rescue Clinic for Skiers & Boarders

This 6-hour rescue clinic is sponsored by Friends of the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center.

This course will mostly 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

Cost: $20 Donation to the Friends of GNFAC

Dates for 2017 (Click below to register)

Jan. 13 and 14 - Friday lecture @ REI, Saturday field session @ TBD

Feb. 10 and 11 - Friday lecture @ REI, Saturday field session @ TBD