Level 1 Avalanche Class
Class takes 3 days to complete.
Classroom session dates: September 16-17, 2017 0800-1700
Location: US Forest Service Visitors Center Conference Room 2525 Kyle Canyon Road Las Vegas, Nevada 89124
What to bring: Come to class prepared to learn with pen/pencil and paper to take notes with.
Field Day is currently TBD and will take place at Lee Canyon
What to bring:
Classroom: Bring pencil, paper and be ready to learn.
Field Day: This event takes place on the mountain at Lee Canyon. Please come prepared for the weather as forcasted. Uphill ski or snowboard equipment is required, packed lunch and water. You will be notified as soon as the field day is scheduled.
More and more skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and snowmobilers are accessing the backcountry every winter in search of untracked powder and adventure. Backcountry terrain is neither controlled nor patrolled, and under the right (or wrong!) conditions, avalanches can turn adventure into tragedy.
While large avalanches can easily destroy anything in their path, smaller avalanches are more often responsible for injuries or death to people. The survival rate for someone caught in an avalanche is one in three. These sobering statistics indicate that it is critical to be well-versed in both avalanche avoidance and avalanche rescue techniques.
NSP has been educating ski patrollers and other search and rescue personnel since 1957, making it the oldest and most experienced provider of avalanche education for professionals in the U.S. Recently, NSP has expanded its program, offering avalanche education for general recreationists as well.
All NSP avalanche courses meet or exceed curriculum recommendations established for each course by the American Avalanche Association. All avalanche education courses are taught by NSP-certified avalanche instructors who have undergone rigorous training and evaluation of technical knowledge and teaching skill.
Level 1 Avalanche Course
This is an enhanced Level 1 avalanche course with supplemental organized avalanche rescue content for ski patrollers and personnel of other organizations or agencies who may engage in avalanche search and rescue operations. Prerequisite: Must be able to travel through steep, ungroomed terrain under any weather or snowpack conditions.