Avalanche Education and Information

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Payette Avalanche Center courses 2014/2015

Pre-Registration is required. Please email the PAC to sign up.

<CANCELLED >January 31 Sleducation-Avalanche Safety for Snowmobiles Field Session 9:30 am, Upper Elevation Parking lot.  Join a PAC forecaster to understand how to get and interpret the local advisory, safe travel protocols and companion rescue. $10 suggested donation to the Friends.

February 8 Back Country Basics for Women Only- if you missed it the first time, sign up quick this class will fill up fast.  Yoga, Coffee, a 1-2 hour classroom session followed by companion rescue and snowpack 101 in the field. $10 suggested donation.

February 15 Out of Bounds aka Sidecountry Safety for Skiers and Boarders-10:30 am Tamarack Resort -Tamarack Room in the Operations Dome. Join a PAC forecaster for a brief introduction to backcountry safety; learn how to get the local advisory, safe travel protocols and basic route finding, snowpack 101 and companion rescue $10 suggested donation to the Friends. See the list of things to bring at the bottom of this page.

March 1 Sleducation 9:30 am Upper Elevation Parking lot $10 suggested donation to the Friends. Join a PAC forecaster to understand how to get and interpret the local advisory, safe travel protocols and companion rescue. See the list of things to bring to your avy class below.

Things to bring to your AVY ski or snowboard class:

Skills: You need to be at least an intermediate level skier, capable of skiing uphill with skins and descending intermediate level slopes in ungroomed, challenging conditions.

Gear: You will need avy rescue gear including: beacon, probe and shovel, skis (or splitboard), boots, bindings (no snowshoes or hiking) for downhill travel. You must be familiar with your equipment and ready to use it. You will need a pack. Snacks and an extra layer are strongly recommended.

Things to Bring to your Sleducation Class:

Skills: Must have basic all-mountain riding skills

Gear:  You will need avy rescue gear including: beacon, probe and shovel,  a mountain sled or Snowbike and a pack. Snacks and an extra layer are strongly recommended.

In addition all participants should have:

  • Food
  • Water
  • Warm clothes (we will be out in the backcountry all day in winter conditions)
  • Beacon (we have some loaners)
  • Shovel
  • Probe
  • First aid and repair kit

*PAC classes are introductory level classes with American Avalanche Association member instructors from the Payette Avalanche Center and the Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center. CLICK HERE TO send us an email so we can add you to the class roster.

Additional classes offered around Idaho

Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation Snowmobile Avalanche Awareness Classes  See the IDPR website for a list of free classes.

Payette Powder Guides-McCall, ID

“Whether you are a seasoned pro or a complete beginner, PPG has a class for you”.  They are offering a variety of AAA and AIARE Avalanche Classes from Intro to Backcountry through a Level 2 Yurt based class at their Lick Creek Summit Yurts.  See their education page for more info: www.payettepowderguides.com/avalancheclasses.html

Sawtooth Mountain Guides-Stanley, ID

Experienced Guides  and Educators, the SMG staff offers a variety of  instructional programs on their Winter Calendar, including a full slate of avalanche education classes, and spring ski mountaineering camps.

Sun Valley Trekking-Ketchum, ID

Check out one of Idaho’s oldest outfitters offering classes for skiers and snowboarders.  2015 Avalanche classes.