Avalanche Safety


MOUNTAIN SKILLZ Intro to Avalanche Safety courses provide snowmobilers with a foundation of knowledge in the field of avalanche safety. An evening classroom session is followed by a full day of on the snow instruction and training exercises under the Wolf Creek Backcountry special use permit by the Rio Grande National Forest. Matt is proud to be teamed with AIARE instructor Sandy Kobrock for a fourth winter to combine professional snowmobiling experience with professional avalanche instruction. We are honored to be joined by Brian Lundsted from Tyler’s Backcountry Awareness. The evening classroom session consists of a slideshow and group discussion as we prepare for our day of on the snow training. On the snow training begins with a gear check(beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack) and review of that days local avalanche bulletin from CAIC. If you do not have the proper safety gear, we will provide necessary gear for the day at NO COST thanks to our friends at SnowPulse/MAMMUT.

The day will be spent learning and practicing the following-

  • understand your beacon
  • group management
  • safe travel management
  • terrain recognition
  • assessing avalanche danger
  • performing a rescue
  • beacon search
  • using a probe
  • strategic shoveling
  • measuring slope angle
  • identifying and understanding layers in the snow
  • relating avalanche education to your riding

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