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January 2021

Intro to Avalanche Awareness

January 23, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Free

The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center (the “PAC”)  will offer a free Introduction to Avalanche Safety Class on January 23, starting at 9am, at the Little Ski Hill. The class will be limited to 12 students, who should expect mask use, social distancing and other pandemic safety protocols. To register, email [email protected]  Though the class is free, a suggested donation of $25 to the Friends would be much appreciated. Instructors expect the class to last from 9am to 1pm.…

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February 2021

2021 Virtual Silent Auction Fundraiser

February 14, 2021 @ 8:00 am - February 20, 2021 @ 9:00 pm

This is our major fundraiser for the 2021 season.  In lieu of holding an in person event, we are having a silent auction that begins February 14 and will run all week with final bids closing at 9 pm on Saturday February 20th.  Our fundraising goal is $5000.  This will go to additional forecasts in 2022, continued maintenance of our beacon training park, fund the future forecasters scholarship program, continued maintenance of the granite mountain weather station, and provide avalanche…

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December 2021

Youth specific Level 1 Avalanche course

December 17, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
$90

The Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center, McCall Winter Sports Club, Brundage Mountain Resort, and 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol are offering a Level 1 Avalanche Course for High School students.   There is a limit of 20 students. Registration is through the Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center.  Registration ends December 1.   Fees will $90.00 payable when books are picked up at the high school.  Books are included in course fee. Books will be delivered to the appropriate high…

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Season Kick off event and Beacon Park opening

December 21, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Join us in our season kickoff event at the Little Ski Hill on Tuesday December 21st!  The BCA beacon training park will be up and running.  There will be beer, beacon search games, and good times!  This is a fundraising event to raise money to continue maintenance on the beacon park.  See you all there!

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AIARE Avalanche Rescue – PPG

December 27, 2021

1-day Avalanche Rescue course provided by Payette Powder Guides.

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AIARE Level 2 Avalanche + Rescue Course – PPG

December 28, 2021 - December 31, 2021

4-day AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course + Rescue Course provided by Payette Powder Guides.

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January 2022

AIARE Avalanche Rescue – PPG

January 3, 2022

1-day Avalanche Rescue course provided by Payette Powder Guides.

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A3 Motorized Level 1 Course – SV Guides

January 14, 2022 - January 16, 2022

The Motorized Level 1 is a 3 day course that provides an introduction to avalanche risk management for motorized users. Class is put on by Sun Valley Guides.

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AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – PPG

January 21, 2022 - January 23, 2022

3-day AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course provided by Payette Powder Guides.

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Women’s Only AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – PPG

January 28, 2022 - January 30, 2022

Women's Only 3-day AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course provided by Payette Powder Guides.

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AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Boise

January 28, 2022 - January 30, 2022

3-day AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course provided by Sawtooth Mountain Guides.

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Level 2 Avalanche Class with 705 Backcountry

January 28, 2022 @ 8:00 am - March 20, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

705 Backcountry ski patrol is offering a Level 2 avalanche class this winter. Three meetings will be held on line and the  field portion includes 3 weekends all of which are required.  Field dates and location are as follows Jan 28- 30  Brundage Mtn Resort Feb 11-13 - Soldier Mtn or Pebble creek depending on snow conditions March 18-20 - Hoodoo  - Oregon If you are interested in the course, the fee of $ 425 for active ski patrollers and $460 for non-NSP…

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November 2022

Free Webinars presented by BRASS (Bryce and Ronnie Athlete Snow Safety)

November 17, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Free

The free 2022-23 BRASS 101 program is an excellent snow safety refresher before the upcoming season.  It is all new, featuring the updated Know Before You Go program, premiered in October, 2022. It contains all new videos and innovative teaching tools to help students better understand the hidden dangers present in the backcountry. BRASS 101 is a simple online webinar that is ideal as an introduction to avalanche safety education or as a pre-season refresher. It’s core is built around the highly-acclaimed Know…

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December 2022

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course-Decision making in Avalanche Terrain provided by Payette Powder Guides

December 9, 2022 @ 8:00 am - December 11, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
$525

This course provides 24 hours of education over a three day period. We will focus on avalanche terrain identification, learn and practice safe travel techniques, practice rescue scenarios, monitor changes in the snowpack while traveling in the backcountry, learn to make and record appropriate field observations, and practice developing a trip plan and choosing appropriate terrain before heading into the backcountry. Details Day one of the town-based course will be at our base area, outside reviewing the required 4 hour…

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AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course-Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain provided by Payette Powder Guides

December 16, 2022 @ 8:00 am - December 18, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
$525

This course provides 24 hours of education over a three day period. We will focus on avalanche terrain identification, learn and practice safe travel techniques, practice rescue scenarios, monitor changes in the snowpack while traveling in the backcountry, learn to make and record appropriate field observations, and practice developing a trip plan and choosing appropriate terrain before heading into the backcountry. Details Day one of the town-based course will be at our base area, outside reviewing the required 4 hour…

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AIARE Avalanche Rescue from Payette Powder Guides

December 19, 2022
$185

This is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while experienced participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue…

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AIARE Level 2 Yurt based Avalanche Course-Evaluating Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard provided by Payette Powder Guides

December 19, 2022 @ 8:00 am - December 22, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
$885

This 4 day course provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation. It will also help build a framework for hazard assessment without a public bulletin or local forecast. In addition, it will cover advanced improvement of companion rescue skills such as multiple burial and deep…

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Youth Level 1 avalanche class

December 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - December 30, 2022 @ 5:00 pm
$110

To register by November 25th 2022, contact McCall Winter Sports Club course dates-Zoom lectures Dec 19, 21, 26, 28 and Field dates December 29 and 30th 2022. cost is $110.00

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Level 1 Avalanche Class provided by 705 Backcountry Ski Patrol and Payette Lakes Ski Patrol

December 19, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - January 8, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
$200

To register by November 25th 2022, email [email protected] or call Eric at 509-220-4712 course dates are Zoom lectures December 19, 21, 26, 28 and Field dates January 6, 7, and 8th 2023 in Valley county Cost is $200.00

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AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course provided by Payette Powder Guides

December 26, 2022
$185

This is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while experienced participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue…

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January 2023

PINT NIGHT with Michael Ackerman, Executive Director of the Silverton Avalanche School

January 11 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free

Join the Friends of the Payette Avalanche Center (FPAC) on Wednesday, January 11, 2023 at 6PM at Salmon River Brewery. PINT NIGHT FUNDRAISER for the FPAC! An interactive evening with Michael Ackerman "Ack"(@splitboardinghermit). Ack is a professional educator, adventurer and leader of the nation’s oldest snow safety and avalanche school, Silverton Avalanche School. Ack will be leading an interactive talk at the Taphouse focused on "Our Relationship to Risk". Now is the perfect time to reflect upon your own relationship with risk…

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AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course-Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain provided by Payette Powder Guides

January 20 @ 8:00 am - January 22 @ 5:00 pm
$525

This course provides 24 hours of education over a three day period. We will focus on avalanche terrain identification, learn and practice safe travel techniques, practice rescue scenarios, monitor changes in the snowpack while traveling in the backcountry, learn to make and record appropriate field observations, and practice developing a trip plan and choosing appropriate terrain before heading into the backcountry. Details Day one of the town-based course will be at our base area, outside reviewing the required 4 hour…

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