Dates: February 3-5, 2023

Meets: Fri 6-9pm; Sat & Sun 8AM-4PM

Location: Arts & Technology Building 204

TUITION: $400.00

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The Motorized Level 1 avalanche course is an interactive program covering the fundamentals of avalanche hazards including awareness and stability assessments. During this three day class, gain a basic understanding of slab mechanics, terrain, snowpack and weather, decision support tools and rescue.
This three day course consists of 40% classroom time and 60% in-the-field study. Instructors and students travel in and around avalanche terrain on the Flathead National Forest.

Required gear: Must provide your own modern working avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel (no plastic blades) and avalanche probe. Also must have your own registered snowmobile/snowbike that is in good working order.

The course will be following American Avalanche Association guidelines focusing on:
Recognizing and traveling in avalanche terrain.
Reading, interpreting and using avalanche forecast along with field observations to make competent decision-making plans when entering avalanche terrain.
The use of, and rescue skills associated with avalanche transceivers.
Field observations of snowpack, weather, and terrain along with the elements of snowpack formation.
The use and interpretation of stability tests.
The human factors that contribute to the decision making process.


The instruction/lecture will be held on the FVCC Campus on Friday, February 3 from 6-9pm. Saturday and Sunday field day starts at 8AM; locations are tentatively Canyon Creek (north of Columbia Falls) or the west side of Hungry Horse Reservior. Transportation is on your own. Bring a helmet , wear appropriate clothing and provide your own lunch. You are required to have a fully operational modern avalanche transceiver (457kHz), 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: $400.00

Fee Breakdown

Course Fee (Basic)TUITION$ 395.00
Mandatory FeeSupply Fee$ 5.00

Arts & Technology Building 204

FVCC-Kalispell, MT
Date Day Time Location
02/03/2023Friday6 PM to 9 PM Arts & Technology Building 204
02/04/2023Saturday8 AM to 4 PM Off Campus
02/05/2023Sunday8 AM to 4 PM Off Campus