Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain.This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught by AIARE Qualified Instructors.Our nationally recognized instructors and unmatched learning environment (i.e. incredible ski terrain!) will provide the best possible education experience during your AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course. We offer courses based at our Williams Peak Hut in the heart of the Sawtooths, as well as programs based in Stanley or Ketchum/Sun Valley. Let us teach you how to minimize your risk while maximizing your skiing or riding! Learning Outcomes Understand key decision making concepts and how these affect our riskDevelop a trip plan and choose appropriate terrain before heading into the backcountryLearn to make and record appropriate field observationsWork as a team to make good decisions and terrain choicesPractice safe travel techniques in avalanche terrainDemonstrate effective companion rescue during realistic scenarios Course Itinerary Day 1:Course Introduction and OutcomesIntroduction to Decision MakingAvalanche FundamentalsMountain SnowpackCompanion Rescue and ScenariosCase Study: Teamwork and Avoiding Human FactorsDay 2:Making Snowpack, Weather, and Avalanche ObservationsField Ski Tour: Observational TechniquesObservation and Snowpit DocumentationDecision Making: Choosing Terrain and Traveling WiselyDay 3:Trip PlanningField Ski Tour: Choosing Terrain and Traveling WiselyCourse Wrap Up and EvaluationCourse ends 4:30pm Details Difficulty: Good fitness, advanced downhill ski skills Duration: 3 days/24 hours Meeting Time: 8am Meeting Location: Sawtooth Mountain Guides Headquarters in Stanley What We Provide:Highly trained, professional, and fun AIARE avalanche instructorsAIARE Level 1 Course Manual and Field NotebookAvalanche rescue equipment if neededFor hut-based courses:All food (we will ask you to carry a small 5-10L bag of food to the hut)2 nights at the William Peak HutSleeping bags at the hut – we will provide a compact sleeping bag liner for you to carry in What You Need:Alpine touring, telemark, or split-board equipmentBackcountry skiing clothing and equipmentBe sure to read our Preparing For Your Avalanche Course pageReview the full equipment listFood and lodging for Stanley coursesIn Stanley, we recommend the Stanley Town Square (same building as class) or Jerry’s Cabins and Motel Why take your avalanche course from Sawtooth Mountain Guides?Experience. We began teaching avalanche courses nearly 30 years ago!Instructors. Our instructors are highly-trained and nationally-recognized avalanche professionals with years of guiding, ski patrolling, and avalanche forecasting experience.AIARE Curriculum. AIARE courses are developed by a nation-wide collaboration of avalanche experts and are professionally reviewed.Unmatched Venue. We offer courses at the Williams Peak Hut, where avalanche terrain right out the door maximizes field time. Courses based in Stanley or Ketchum/Sun Valley benefit from contrasting snow climates within a short distance from classroom locations.Fun: Avalanche education doesn’t need to be dry and boring. Our friendly and engaging instructors will keep things interesting, and our world-class terrain is sure to provide some exciting skiing! Dates & Rates Dates:Williams Peak Hut, Sawtooth MountainsJanuary 4-6, 2019 (FULL)January 11-13, 2019 (5 spots left)Stanley (Field: Banner and Galena Summits)January 18-20, 2019January 25-27, 2019February 1-3, 2019 Ratio: 5:1 Williams Peak Hut: $725/person Stanley: $450/person This can be taught as a Private Course. From a recreational perspective, we’ve found that taking a course with your regular touring partners can be more effective and fun. Your group will come away from a course speaking a common language, having practiced similar skills, and ready to use a shared risk management process.