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Course handout material and the use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel.

Max class size:
6 with 1 Instructor

Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1

AIARE Avalanche Level 2 UPGRADE     1 Day
Introduction To SWAG

This Level 2 follow-up is the best way to upgrade your previous Level 2 course. It will include an introduction to SWAG (Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States). This course is valuable as continuing education for Level 2 students and for those who need to meet a current AIARE Level 2 standard as a pre-requisite for AIARE Level 3, an AMGA Guides Course or other professional requirement.

Cost: $185

Jan 19, 2013 (Sat - MLK Weekend)

Introduction to SWAG

Field Session (6 hrs):
  • Demonstration and student practice of field weather observations
  • Demonstration and practice of a full snow profile (study plot)
  • Demonstration and practice of the shovel tilt test, compression test, and shovel shear test
  • Demonstration and practice observing and recording an avalanche occurrence
  • Extended column propagation saw test
Classroom Session (3 hrs):
  • Notebook format recording of a standard field weather observation
  • Notebook format recording of a full snow profile including results of snowpack tests
  • Graphic record of a full snow profile including temperature profile and results of snowpack tests
  • Student debrief, recommendation and counsel towards further education and practice

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