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02/28/2020 - 8:00am to 03/01/2020 - 5:00pm

This course is designed to give people that are traveling in the winter backcountry basic information about weather, snowpack, and terrain factors which contribute to avalanche hazard. This course is for ski patrollers, search and rescue personnel, and anyone that wants to travel in a winter mountain environment. The cost for this course is $42.00 to $200.00, pending if your living in state (at least 1 year, or out of state) Click here for COS course info

12/28/2019 - 8:00am to 12/30/2019 - 5:00pm, 01/18/2020 - 8:00am to 01/20/2020 - 5:00pm, 02/15/2020 - 8:00am to 02/17/2020 - 5:00pm, 02/28/2020 - 8:00am to 03/01/2020 - 5:00pm

A3 Avalanche Level 1 offered through Sierra Wilderness Seminars. Please visit the link below for more information and to register. 

https://www.swsmtns.com/california-avalanche-courses

A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course is the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain.  This course contains over 26  hours of instruction comprised of classroom lecture, video, discussion, and a minimum of at least 16 plus hours of fieldwork. Our courses are designed for all types of backcountry travelers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides. We use a variety of systems to learn how to evaluate avalanche hazards and to develop “your avalanche judgment.”The goal of the Avalanche Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow mechanics, avalanche hazards, the metamorphosis of slab formation, and appropriate terrain selection plus the basics of avalanche equipment use.  Our Avalanche Level 1 Course is taught through lectures, and presentation is giving the student a necessary foundation and understanding of the nature of avalanches and avalanche hazards.

Avalanche Level 1 Curriculum

Over half our time during this course (60% plus) is outside in the field for a series of hands-on observation tours, practical exercises and field studies to learn how to put this knowledge to work in the “real world.”  Outdoor segments will focus on proper techniques for a variety of information gathering techniques and provide opportunities to “read” the snow in real life situations.  Get hands-on with our staff in selecting proper terrain and making decisions that could save lives, one of which could be your own.

Our instructor staff is composed of the combination of certified avalanche instructors, ski patrollers, and professional backcountry ski and splitboard guides.  All of our staff members have real-world avalanche experience from years of guiding around the world.  They will be your instructors in some of the most critical hands-on learning that you could ever do.

 

$450
12/06/2019 - 7:00pm, 01/03/2020 - 7:00pm, 02/07/2020 - 7:00pm, 03/06/2020 - 7:00pm

Know Before You Go is a free avalanche awareness program. Not much science, no warnings to stay out of the mountains, no formulas to memorize. In 1 hour, you will see the destructive power of avalanches, understand when and why they happen, and how you can have fun in the mountains and avoid avalanches. Know Before You Go into the backcountry this winter. Learn how to recognize the clues to avalanche danger along with basics on safe travel in the backcountry. A short film with amazing footage from Sherpa Cinemas, Red Bull Media House, Brain Farm, and the Utah Avalanche Center will be shown followed by a short presentation discussing the salient points of the film.  This is a fun way to connect with the outdoor community, inspire you to get outside in the winter, while providing valuable information to keep you safe in and near avalanche terrain.

Call (530) 926-4511 for more information or click here: Know Before You Go

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12/07/2019 - 9:00am, 01/04/2020 - 9:00am, 02/08/2020 - 9:00am, 03/07/2020 - 9:00am

Avalanche transcievers, or beacons, are the best tools we have to find someone buried in an avalanche. Join us and learn how to use one and effectively carry out a companion rescue. It is also a great chance to brush up on your skills. Demos of several different types (BCA, Ortovox, Pieps, Mammut/Barryvox) will be available. Dress to be outside on the snow. These clinics take place at the Bunny Flat trailhead. Bring your backcountry ski or snowboard gear and go for a tour after the class! Don't want to listen to us yak away? You can still come and run through the beacon courses a few times to hone your rescue skills. Remember, YOU are the rescue party! Get dialed.

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12/21/2019 - 8:00am, 01/04/2020 - 8:00am, 03/08/2020 - 8:00am

A3 Avalanche Rescue 1 offered through Sierra Wilderness Seminars. Please visit the link below for more information and to register. 

https://www.swsmtns.com/a3-avalanche-rescue

Avalanche Rescue Course is a new component of the American Avalanche Associations progression of avalanche education.  The fundamental goal of the course is to give participants the skills necessary to safely perform a companion or team rescue in the event of an incident.

The Avalanche Rescue Course revolves around 4  core curriculum areas: Rescue Principles, Equipment and Applications, the Companion Rescue Process, and Victim Basic Care.  With the completion of this one-day course, participants should have a better skill set for understanding the hazards of avalanches, what is required to perform a search of one or more buried individuals, and what is required to rescue a victim once they are found.

While this course can be taken by itself it is not intended to replace the Avalanche Level 1 Course.  Additionally, the Avalanche Rescue Course is a prerequisite for people looking to take the Avalanche Level 2 Course, Pro-1, and/or the ProSAR courses.

The California Ski Guides instructor staff is composed of a combination of certified instructors, ski patrollers, and professional backcountry ski and Splitboard guides.  All of our staff members have real-world avalanche experience from years of guiding around the world.  They will be your personal instructors in some of the most important hands-on learning that you could ever do.

$185
01/10/2020 - 8:00am to 01/12/2020 - 5:00pm, 03/13/2020 - 8:00am to 03/15/2020 - 5:00pm

A3 Avalanche Level 2 offered through Sierra Wilderness Seminars. Please visit the link below for more information and to register. 

https://www.swsmtns.com/a3-avalanche-level-2

Avalanche Level 2 Course taught by A3 Certified Avalanche Instructor Timothy Keating or Professional A3 Member. Course Curriculum is Certified and Approved by  American Avalanche Association  

A3 Avalanche Level 2 Course Curriculum. Avalanche Level 2 Course consists of 8 plus hours of instruction in lecture, video, discussion, and field study in the Mt. Shasta  or Bear Valley Backcountry.  At least 16+ hours of which will be spent learning hands-on in the snow.  Avalanche Level 2 Course is designed to build on the necessary information and skills developed in the Avalanche level 1 course and then explore deeper into the up to date science behind avalanches.  The goal is to give students a more technical understanding

of how avalanches develop and release so that they might be able to make safer life-saving decisions.

A3 Avalanche Level 2 Course is field study aimed to give a greater understanding of snow science and how avalanches develop and release.  A review of snow mechanics along with avalanche hazards evaluation is taught through both lectures and hands-on training.  The field study portion will focus on the newest snow assessment techniques to help develop solid decision-making in the front and backcountry.  Included in the course curriculum is the latest advances in avalanche rescue techniques & equipment. Our Level 2 course is perfect next step for a variety of winter recreationists; ski mountaineer’s backcountry skiers and climbers.

Our instructor staff for the Avalanche Level 2 Course is lead by 35+ year mountain guiding with practical avalanche experience & group decision making.  The remainder of our team comprised of mountain guides, ski patrollers, and ski/split board guides that have a wide variety of real-life experience in avalanche terrain.  Book today to get into the course that might one day save a life, maybe even yours!

$450
04/06/2020 - 7:00pm

Longtime Climbing Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service's Mount Shasta Ranger District, Nick Meyers is an expert on the ever-changing climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta. In tonight's presentation, Nick will help you prepare for a safe and successful climb of this majestic peak via the Avalanche Gulch route, and will discuss some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Regardless of your skill level, Nick will have tips to help enhance your next Shasta adventure! Starts at 7:00 pm. 

Click here to register with REI

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04/07/2020 - 7:00pm

Longtime Climbing Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service's Mount Shasta Ranger District, Nick Meyers is an expert on the ever-changing climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta. In tonight's presentation, Nick will help you prepare for a safe and successful climb of this majestic peak via the Avalanche Gulch route, and will discuss some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Regardless of your skill level, Nick will have tips to help enhance your next Shasta adventure! Starts at 7:00 pm. 

Click here to register with REI!

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04/08/2020 - 7:00pm

Longtime Climbing Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service's Mount Shasta Ranger District, Nick Meyers is an expert on the ever-changing climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta. In tonight's presentation, Nick will help you prepare for a safe and successful climb of this majestic peak via the Avalanche Gulch route, and will discuss some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Regardless of your skill level, Nick will have tips to help enhance your next Shasta adventure! Starts at 7:00 pm. 

Click here to register with REI

 

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04/09/2020 - 7:00pm

Longtime Climbing Ranger for the U.S. Forest Service's Mount Shasta Ranger District, Nick Meyers is an expert on the ever-changing climbing conditions on Mt. Shasta. In tonight's presentation, Nick will help you prepare for a safe and successful climb of this majestic peak via the Avalanche Gulch route, and will discuss some of the more popular routes on the north side of the mountain. Find out about gear, clothing, permits, low impact camping, climbing protocol, route specifics, and the most current weather and safety hazards. Regardless of your skill level, Nick will have tips to help enhance your next Shasta adventure! Starts at 7:00 pm. 

Click here to register with REI

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