Avalanche Level 1 course at Pajarito Feb 2-5, 2012

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Avalanche Level 1 course at Pajarito Feb 2-5, 2012

Postby scotthsu » Wed Oct 12, 2011 11:20 am

Hi all,

Please mark your calendars for a National Ski Patrol Avalanche Level 1 course to be offered at Pajarito Mountain Feb 2-5, 2012. There will be evening classroom lectures on Feb 2-3, and all-day outdoor field sessions on Feb 4-5. More details (including cost, detailed agenda, etc.) will be announced here and in other venues in the near future.

-Scott Hsu
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Re: Avalanche Level 1 course at Pajarito Feb 2-5, 2012

Postby scotthsu » Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:39 pm

Here is the full course announcement with registration instructions at the bottom.

National Ski Patrol Level 1 Avalanche Course - February 2‐5, 2012

Want to learn avalanche safety and rescue techniques? Are you a Backcountry Traveler?

This National Ski Patrol Avalanche Level 1 course will be given at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, conforms to the curriculum of the American Avalanche Association (AAA), and includes both classroom lectures and on-the-snow field exercises, including the following topics:

Avalanche triangle: terrain, snowpack, weather
Beacon search, shoveling, and probing
Safe travel in avalanche terrain
Practical in-the-field snowpack stability evaluation methods
Immediate search for buried victims
Human factor - traveling in groups and effective leadership

The class will be taught by Greg Blackwell and Scott Hsu, NSP Alpine Senior Patrollers and certified Avalanche Level 1 instructors, with help from several other Level 1 and Level 2 avalanche-trained patrollers from around the Southwest Region of the NSP Rocky Mountain Division who have extensive backcountry ski/travel experience.

Course schedule (all to be held at Pajarito Mountain Ski Area, NM):
Thursday, Feb. 2, 6-9:30pm (classroom)
Friday, Feb. 3, 6-9:30pm (classroom)
Saturday, Feb. 4, 8:30am-4pm: field sessions (outdoors all day)
Sunday, Feb. 5, 8:30am-3pm: field sessions (outdoors all day)

Course requirements: A good level of fitness and the ability to ski and move around in deep snow and steep terrain. You should show up to the field sessions booted up and ready to ski. You will need to bring a beacon, shovel, and probe, and be prepared to be outdoors (snow or shine) the entire day. Lift rides to field exercise locations will be included as part of the course registration. If you do not own beacon/shovel/probe, please acquire or borrow them from friends ahead of time. As a last resort, we have a few loaners on hand, but their availability cannot be guaranteed.

"Pre‐work": Upon enrollment, we will make arrangements to get you a copy of Snow Sense 5th edition by Fredston & Fesler (included in the course fee), which you will use to complete a written assignment. The assignment must be completed and brought to the first classroom session.

Enrollment instructions: The enrollment will be divided approximately 50-50% between patrollers and members of the community, first‐come first‐served according to the date of receipt of the $75 course enrollment fee ($10 for NSP members), payable to Los Alamos Ski Club. The fee includes the Snow Sense 5th edition book, lift privileges on the field session days, and an NSP certificate of course completion. Please contact Greg Blackwell, gblackwe@unm.edu, to register.
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