SkiNASTC: North American Ski Training Center | 2016 AIARE Avalanche Ed – Level I
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Courses - Avalanche Training

2016 AIARE Avalanche Ed – Level I

10 May 2011, Posted by Ski NASTC in Avalanche Education, Courses, Courses by Type, Lake Tahoe, Latest News

Please call, text, or email Jenny in our office to ask dates: 530-386-2102
Done: Jan 16-18, 2016 and February 19-21, 2016
Skier or Rider Level: 6-9 (please be on ski with skins or splitboard. Snowshoes OK but not recommended)
Price: $395 ($200 deposit below via Paypal to hold reso. Balance due 2 weeks prior)

Each year more skiers are venturing into the backcountry and resorts are lifting their boundary lines, allowing access to fresh routes and exciting terrain.  You are now able to get to the powder even after the resorts are “skied out.” However, the risk has never been greater, and you need to know what you are doing if you are going to head out there. If you are taking others with you all the more reason to learn basic avalanche hazard management, awareness and safety.

This 3-day intensive seminar is designed to give you: an understanding of avalanche formation, “nature’s billboard” observation skills, the ability to use an avalanche transceiver and probe and how to dig a snow study pit.  This is a minimum amount of know-how if you want to travel, ski or ride in the backcountry or sidecountry safely.  There is time spent daily in the classroom and in the field.

The goals of the course are as follows:

  • The student will be taught safe travel methods in avalanche terrain
  • The student be will shown how to use various rescue equipment
  • The student will be taught and execute mock rescues in the field
  • The student will be introduced to the avalanche triangle, weather, snowpack, terrain and the human factor

altWe are looking forward to learning and skiing with you and know you will enjoy yourself with NASTC.  We will send you an updated itinerary as we get closer to the start of the course.  This schedule may change slightly based on the group, weather, etc.  Below are equipment and clothing lists.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the NASTC office.

We will meet at 8:00am at The Cedar House Sport Hotel (Truckee, CA). We will begin promptly with an indoor orientation and classroom work.  Please be on time. Day 1 & 2 we will be in the classroom until lunch with our afternoons in field.  Day 3 we will spend 1-hr in the classroom and the rest of the day in field.  Our schedule will include indoor talks and outdoor fieldwork each day – be sure to dress in layers.  You will have a chance to change into warmer clothes for the field session.  The course runs 8:00am – 5:00pm each day with a break for lunch.  We suggest a bag lunch with snacks and plenty of water.

Directions to The Cedar House Sport Hotel:
From Tahoe City: Take 89 into Truckee, Turn right at the first light after Squaw Valley onto West River Rd. Continue straight to the end of West River Rd.  Make a right onto Brockway Rd.  Go up hill and through the stop light.  About ¼ mi past the 7-Eleven you will see the entrance to the Cedar House Sport Hotel on your right.  Please tell the front desk that you are with the NASTC group.

Sacramento:   Take I-80 East past Truckee and then take the exit to the Hwy 267 by-pass (exit 188B) in the direction of Lake Tahoe South. At the ramp traffic light turn right and proceed over the bridge. At the next traffic light, turn right on Brockway – we are about 1/2 mile on the left handside.  Please tell the front desk that you are with the NASTC group.

Reno: Take I-80 West. Before you get to Truckee take the exit to the Hwy 267 by-pass in the direction of Lake Tahoe South. At the ramp traffic light turn left and proceed under I-80 and then over the bridge. At the next traffic light, turn right on Brockway – we are about 1/2 mile on the left handside.

Recommended reading before the course:
Snow Sense: by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler
Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain: by Bruce Tremper
Avalanche Aware: by John Moynier

Level I Equipment List to help you pack:
Climbing skins
AT, tele, or snowboard boots
Adjustable ski poles (if no probe ski poles)
AT or tele skis, split board or snow shoes
Avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe
Water bottle
Small first aid kit (moleskin, bandaids, aspirin, personal meds.)
Lunch daily
Note book & pen for note-taking
Ski/snowboard socks (wool/polypropylene blend or polypro socks best)
Top and bottom insulating layer
Midlayer top (polypro best)
Fleece layer, top and bottom (optional)
Water/wind proof material ski/snowboard pants
Water/wind proof material ski/snowboard jacket
Light touring gloves (heavy liners etc.)
Warm gloves (waterproof)
Warm hat and baseball cap for sun protection
Goggles and sunglasses

There is a $30 materials fee for the course, this includes handbook, field book and AIARE member fees.
Call The Tahoe Sports Hub ski shop in Truckee for a NASTC rental discount (530-582-4510) or Granite Chief, Start Haus, or Alpenglow Sports if you need to reserve or purchase equipment.
**PLEASE NOTE OUR CANCELLATION POLICY**: If you have to cancel for any reason (including medical), we require written notice in our office 14 days in advance of the first day of the course.  With 14 days or more notice we can refund your payment minus 10% for administrative costs.  Once we are within 14 days of the first day of the trip, we unfortunately cannot refund any portion of your payment even in the event of sudden illness or injury to you or your family.  We recommend that you buy trip cancellation insurance (available through your travel or insurance agency) in case you get sick or injured (please stay healthy!!) before or during the trip, and baggage insurance (check your Homeowner’s policy or consult your travel or insurance agency) for your ski gear and clothes.