Avalanche Courses

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

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

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.