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.

Dec 12  Intro to Avalanches for Skiers and Snowmobilers Classroom Session- upstairs at the McCall Smokejumper Base 6:00-8:00 pm. $10 suggested donation to the Friends. An educational and entertaining classroom session oriented towards folks that have never taken an avalanche class or need a refresher to start the season.

January 2  Intro to Avalanches for Skiers and Snowmobilers Classroom Session- upstairs at the McCall Smokejumper Base 6:00-8:00 pm. $10 suggested donation to the Friends. An educational and entertaining classroom session oriented towards folks that have never taken an avalanche class or need a refresher to start the season.

 

January 3  Backcountry Basics Field Session 10 am at Brundage Mt. Beacon Park for skiers, 9:30 at Upper Elevation Parking lot for snowmobile session. This session is the practical portion of Intro to Avalanches classes; safe travel, avalanche terrain recognition, snowpack layering, basic stability testing and companion rescue will be the focus.  See our things to bring list of equipment at the bottom of this page. Attendance at classroom session is required for this field session. $10 suggested donation to the Friends.

January 10  Backcountry Basics for Women Only Classroom and Field Session-Tamarack Resort-Tamarack Room in the Operations Dome. 9:30-4:30  Intro to Avalanches classroom session with a shortened field session in the Tamarack Field session emphasizing safe travel, understanding the local advisory, snowpack 101, stability 101 and companion rescue. $10 suggested donation to the Friends. See bottom of this page for things to bring to your avy class.

January 17  Out of Bounds aka Sidecountry Safety for Skiers and Boarders, Brundage Mt. Resort- 10:30 AM in  front of the Kids Center. See our list of things to bring to your avalanche class at the bottom of this page. 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.

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 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 skis (or splitboard), boots, bindings and skins capable of uphill and downhill travel (no snowshoes or hiking). You must be familiar with your equipment and ready to use it. You will need a pack.

Things to Bring to your Sleducation Class:

Skills: Must have basic all-mountain riding skills

Gear:  You will need a mountain sled or Snowbike and a pack

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.

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.