Dates: January 19-21, 2023

Meets: Th from 6-9PM; Sat from 8AM to 4PM

Location: Arts & Technology Building 204

TUITION: $85.00

There are 2 openings remaining at this time.

An introduction to a more in-depth understanding of avalanche hazard and terrain. Learn to recognize and understand obvious avalanche hazards through both classroom and field sessions. A brief introduction to avalanche statistics and human factors, avalanche terminology, avalanche terrain, snowpack and weather factors, trip planning and preparation, simple decision-making tools, and backcountry travel protocols will be covered.

In the field session, students will gain an understanding of how a layered snowpack contributes to avalanching. Companion rescue techniques will also be covered, including the use of avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes.

Gain an understanding of the following:

Recognize and avoid obvious avalanche hazard
Understand and apply current avalanche advisories.
Understand how the snowpack contributes to avalanching.
Understand basic companion rescue.


The Thursday class will held on the FVCC Campus. Specific directions for the Saturday field day will be provided in class. Potential location will be Canyon Creek located north of Columbia Falls. Transportation is on your own. Provide your own lunch. Bring a helmet and wear appropriate clothing. You are required to have a fully operational modern avalanche transceiver, an avalanche shovel (no plastic blades) and an avalanche probe. Also, you must have your own registered snowmobile/snowbike that is in good working order. Information needed: Make, Model, Year, registered and in good working order. Campus Map:
Fee: $85.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)TUITION$ 80.00
Mandatory FeeSupply Fee$ 5.00

Arts & Technology Building 204

FVCC-Kalispell, MT
Date Day Time Location
01/19/2023Thursday6 PM to 9 PM Arts & Technology Building 204
01/21/2023Saturday8 AM to 4 PM Off Campus