Pro 1 Avalanche Course
Pro 1 Avalanche Course

Pro 1 Avalanche Course

Regular price $1,000.00

*2022-23 Season Dates TBD

Course description:

This course is designed for avalanche workers just starting in the field. The course covers the fundamentals of understanding and managing avalanches in an operational setting. Students learn how to become snow weather and avalanche observers and work in an operational setting. 

Students learn how to recognize and travel through avalanche terrain, and how to document snow, avalanche, and weather phenomena to the US Industry standard. Instructors provide coaching and teaching both in the field and the classroom. Upon successful completion of a written test and field test, students are awarded certification recognized by the American Avalanche Association (A3). 

Registration Process:

  1. Review requirements (found below).
  2. Purchase your desired dates/location (listed above).
  3. Fill out this form with your credentials (linked here).
  4. Stand by for communications from our main office.

Student Requirements for Enrollment (1-3 all required):

1) Course applicants have completed the following A3-recognized courses prior to enrollment:

a) Recreational Level 1 Avalanche Training

b) Avalanche Rescue Applicants who believe they have the educational equivalent of the above-listed prerequisites can apply to the Pro Course Provider of their choice for a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) review. Course enrollment in these situations is at the discretion of the Pro Course Provider.

2) One winter season (20 days or more) of relevant experience (demonstrated through one of the following).

c) Prior avalanche work experience; OR

d) A supervised unpaid work internship in the guiding/avalanche industry supported by a letter of reference; OR

e) Letter of recommendation from AAA Professional member; OR

f) AAA Membership (Affiliate or Professional); OR

g) Winter backcountry travel experience supported by documented trip planning and recorded field observations that contributed to avalanche hazard assessment and personal avalanche risk management.

Students receive: 

  • Pro 1 Course Manual and Workbook
  • Snow Weather and Avalanche Guidelines
  • Fieldbook

Why choose us?

SAS is a laboratory of best practice. As the nation's longest running avalanche education provider, we take great pride in developing new ways forward; testing and employing approaches and strategies in our courses and operations, training future generations of snow pros and annually participating in national/international efforts to continuously refine the tools, technologies, tactics and techniques of avalanche education, snow safety and rescue. The School that introduced the US to avalanche training in the 20th century, continues to lead what avy ed looks like in the 21st century.