Several avalanche workshops planned by Avalanche Center

Posted: Thursday, December 20, 2001

The Southeast Alaska Avalanche Center plans several workshops in the coming months.

Courses are taught by an avalanche forecaster, consultant, heliguide and instructor with more than 30 years of experience, assisted by professionals who work in the field.

Classes include: level I backcountry avalanche course, Dec. 26-29 or March 1-4; snowmachine avalanche class, Jan. 4-6; and level II backcountry avalanche class, Jan. 25-28.

Also, an avalanche awareness class will start at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, at McPhetres Hall, 4th and Gold streets. Cost is $5 adults, $3 students.

Levels I and II are intensive, field-oriented backcountry courses covering rescue, terrain analysis, snow study and stability evaluation, route-finding, decision-making and safe travel. Two textbooks, a crystal card/clinometer, a handout packet, and use of beacon and probe are included. Courses begin indoors the evening of the first date; no camping is required.

There is a maximum of eight students per field group. Advance signup and nonrefundable $75 deposit are required for field courses. Level I courses are three evenings and three days and cost $295, $220 for students and those with low incomes. Level II courses are also three evenings and three days, 36 hours, and cost $325, $250 for students and those with low incomes.

Lower snowmachine rates are offered this year, thanks to registration fee grant: $45 for mini-workshops ($15 for evening only); $65 for 1 1/2 day snowmachine courses. Workshops are also planned for Haines and Petersburg.

E-mail, check on the Web at or call the avalanche center, 586-5699, for details.

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