Silverton Avalanche School offers refresher course, Dec. 18-19 |

Silverton Avalanche School offers refresher course, Dec. 18-19

SILVERTON – The Silverton Avalanche School is offering a new Level I refresher course this year, Dec. 18-19 at St. Paul Ski Lodge at Red Mountain Pass high in the San Juans.

The refresher is designed to give students who have taken a Level 1 in the past five years a chance to get an update on the latest techniques in avalanche science.

Meanwhile the Silverton Avalanche School also has the following classes scheduled:

• Level I: Jan. 22-24 or Jan. 29-31

The Level I school is ideal for current and aspiring backcountry travelers. It will provide an introduction to terrain evaluation, safe travel protocols, route finding, decision making, companion rescue, human factors, mountain weather, recognizing instabilities in the snowpack using observations and tests, simple snow pit profiles and how to apply the current avalanche bulletin to tour planning.

• Level II: Feb. 4-7 – A four-day workshop for those who have completed a three-day Level I avalanche course.

This course is geared toward backcountry travelers who have applied their Level I skills and are either aspiring professionals or recreationists who are ready for more advanced knowledge and skills.

• New – Level I Babes in the Backcountry: February 19-21 – Join Babes in the Backcountry for a unique all woman workshop or adventure trip to help you build your confidence traveling in the backcountry.

Through the guidance and expertise of our professional female instructors, you will gain the knowledge and skills to become a more educated traveler and to increase your awareness of backcountry concerns and hazards.

Enroll online at or call (970) 799-3406.

-Daily News Staff Report

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