Our avalanche courses will be open to the public beginning in the winter of 2019-2020. Stay tuned for course dates and details!
East Coast Avalanche Education is certified by the American Avalanche Association (A3) to instruct the following courses:
Avalanche Awareness is a three-hour class that focuses on terrain recognition and avoiding exposure to avalanche paths. Students can expect to learn the following:
The basic safety equipment necessary for winter travel.
How to find and comprehend the avalanche advisory and basic weather forecasts.
The importance of preparation and training, since most avalanche accidents are triggered by the people involved.
Where avalanches can and cannot occur, and how to create a plan for managing risk in the backcountry.
Level 1 is a 24-hour class with at least 60% field time. Students can expect to learn the following:
How to interpret the avalanche forecast and how to develop an appropriate travel plan based on current conditions.
How to travel in the backcountry while observing key red-flag signs and being able to identify avalanche-prone terrain.
How to use appropriate snowpack tests, and where and why avalanches occur.
Risk management tools for identifying problems associated with human factors.
How to confidently conduct a companion rescue.