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Level 1 Avalanche Fundamentals Course (3 evening classes and 2 field days)

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  • Castle Peak Donner Summit Sno-Park

    Interstate 80, Exit 176, Norden, CA (map)

    39.317463 -120.329666

  • Dan will communicate the Reno classroom location privately to all students, instructors, and volunteers.
  • Price: $211.44 /per person

    Refund policy

  • This will be the fourth year of Keith Gale from the National Ski Patrol coming to Reno to give this class! 

    Keith Gale, an avalanche instructor trainer with the National Ski Patrol ( is presenting a course that meets the American Avalanche Association guidelines for U.S. avalanche education course “Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals”.  This is a 28 hour course that includes classroom presentations and field work.

    Here is the course description:

    This course teaches students how terrain, weather, and snowpack contribute to avalanche hazards. This knowledge is used during decision-making exercises in the classroom and in the field session. Students also become acquainted with human factors, which skew effective decision making. The course covers movement through avalanche terrain, route selection/hazard identification, and stability assessments in the field environment. Also focuses heavily on the fundamentals of self, group, and organized rescue. Students complete a written exam and practical evaluation during field exercises. Upon course completion, students are qualified to participate in organized rescue operations.

    Class times (you will need to attend all of these classes to complete the course):

    Wednesday – 6:00PM to 9:30PM (Reno) 
    Thursday – 6:00PM to 9:30PM (Reno) 
    Friday – 6:00PM to 9:30PM (Reno) 
    Saturday – 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Donner Summit Sno Play Area) 
    Sunday – 8:30AM to 5:00PM (Donner Summit Sno Play Area)

    Basic equipment list:

    “Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain” by Bruce Tremper – our main text source for the course.  Purchase and read this before the course begins.

    Appropriate clothing and your typical outdoor kit for being out in snowy conditions (food, warm drinks, extra layers, etc.).

    Skis, snowshoes, or snowboard with climbing skins (what you are most comfortable with).

    Beacon, shovel, probe (limited quantities might be available for a few students to borrow, but you should be prepared to bring your own set).

    Send an email to [masked] - Daniel Ellsworth will send you a private email with additional pre-class questions.

    Keith Gale is the instructor and host of the course and all questions should be directed to him.  All funds collected for the course are collected for Keith Gale to teach the course.  This course is provided by the National Ski Patrol, a non-profit organization.

    Keith is going to have all students sign a National Ski Patrol System Event/Training Release Form the first night of class.  This is required by the National Ski Patrol.

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    I live in Carson City. I love to hike, lake-kayak, camp, and ski.

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Refunds offered if:

  • the Meetup is cancelled
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Additional notes: If student cancels more than 30 days after paying, a Paypal transaction fee of $6.44 will be subtracted from refund.

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