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  • I completed your Level 1 Avalanche Course and it was a great; incredibly informative, awesome instructor, and super useful hands-on education. It significantly increased my confidence in my ability to ski safely in the backcountry.

    Matthew Thompson

    Backcountry Skiing, dawn patrol, sunrise skiing, avalanche education, Bozeman, big sky, Montana, Montana Alpine Guides

I completed your Level 1 Avalanche Course and it was a great; incredibly informative, awesome instructor, and super useful hands-on education. It significantly increased my confidence in my ability to ski safely in the backcountry. -Matthew Thompson

MAG’s Level 1 Avalanche Course is for skiers and snow boarders looking to gain the skills and knowledge for safe backcountry travel.  Our Level 1 Avalanche Course follows national guidelines set by the American Avalanche Association (AAA); including our instructors credentials, material covered, duration, classroom and field components.  Our Level 1 Course is designed to provide students with the knowledge to confidently pursue backcountry ski terrain.  After completion of our L1 course you will receive a card from MAG that lists your name, dates of course, & instructors name.  As a AAA recognized educator your completion of our L1 course will be accepted by other avalanche educators if you wish to pursue you avalanche education to the Level 2, Pro 1 or Pro 2 levels.
LOCATIONS: 
Classroom sessions-  downtown Bozeman, MT
Field Courses-  Gallatin Range, including a location near Bozeman and one in Yellowstone NP south of Big Sky.  We select two separate geographic locations to provide students with a much more comprehensive environmental classroom than visiting the same general location each day.  NOTE: Exact locations for field sessions are subject to change.

Experience: You do not need to be an advanced skier but should be familiar skiing a variety of snow conditions.

4-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1 & 2 (Thursday & Friday, 6-9 pm)

Day 3 &  4 (Saturday & Sunday, ~8-5 pm),

3-DAY ITINERARY:

DAY 1- 

8:30-12:30 Classroom Session- Bozeman, MT

1:30-5:30 Field Session- Gallatin Range
DAY 2-
7:30-12:30 Field Session- Gallatin Range
1:30-5:30 Classroom Session- Bozeman, MT

DAY 3- 

7:00 am – 6:00pm – Full Day Field Session –

Meet at MAG, 11 Enterprise Blvd, Bozeman, MT 59718

(Drive to Yellowstone NP or Hyalite Canyon)

NOTE: Drive times loosely factored in.

Equipment List

NOTE: Order your gear in advance as few local shops carry all items.

Clothing:
  • Ski pants 
  • Shell jacket 
  • Insulated jacket (down or synthetic)
  • Fleece mid layer
  • Long underwear, mid-weight (top & bottom), synthetic or wool
  • Ski socks
  • Hat: fleece or wool that covers the ears
  • Gloves: a pair for skinning and a pair for digging pits and instruction
  • Neck gaiter/Buff
Miscellaneous:
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles
  • Camera/Phone
  • Small notebook & Pencil
  • Thermos: optional but nice to have (can replace water bottle)
  • Food for the day (enough snacks and lunch for each day)
  • Pen/Pencil and notebook for class time