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American Avalanche Association Avalanche Education

Avalanche Education

Mount Shasta & Bear Valley, CA.

Crater Lake Nat’l Park, OR & Mt. Charleston, NV

Avalanche Education is instructed by professional members of the American Avalanche Association.  SWS is a recognized provider of the American Avalanche Association

Avalanche Level 1

Level 1 Recreational Avalanche Course

$625.00  per person / 3 Days

Mt Shasta & Bear Valley CA, Crater Lake, OR.
Mt Charleston, NV.
Level 1 Avalanche Courses
are the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain.  This course contains over 26  hours of instruction comprised of classroom lectures, videos, discussions, and a minimum of at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Our courses are designed for all types of backcountry travelers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides. We use a variety of systems to teach hazard evaluation and to develop “your avalanche judgment.”
Avalanche Level 1 Pit 2

Level 2 Recreational Avalanche Course

$775.00 per person / 3 Days

Mt Shasta & Bear Valley Locations

Level 2 Avalanche Courses
Curriculum consists of 24 hours of instruction in lecture, video, discussion, and field study.  At least 16+ hours of which will be spent learning hands-on in the snow.  The Avalanche Level 2 Course is designed to build on the necessary information and skills developed in the Avalanche Level 1 course, and then explore deeper into the up-to-date science behind avalanches.  Our goal is to give students a more technical understanding of how avalanches develop and release so that they might be able to make safer life-saving decisions.

Avalanche Rescue Clinic

Avalanche Rescue Course

$295.00 per person / 1 day

Mt Shasta & Bear Valley Locations

Avalanche Rescue Courses
A newer component of the American Avalanche Associations’ (A3) progression of Avalanche Education. The fundamental goal of the course is to give participants the skills necessary to safely perform a companion or team rescue in the event of an avalanche incident. Our A3 Avalanche Rescue Course revolves around four core curriculum areas: Avalanche Rescue Principles, Avalanche Equipment and Applications, the Companion Rescue Process, and Avalanche Victim Basic Care.

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SWS Main Office:
110 Alpine St. Mount Shasta, California

Bear Valley Office:
P.O. Box 5104
265 Bear Valley Rd, Bear Valley, California 95223

Lone Pine Office:
120 South Main St., Suite 1.5, Lone Pine, California 93545