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Avalanche Course in California, A3 Level 1

California Course Avalanche
A1 Avalanche Course
A3 Level 1 Avalanche Course
A3 Level 1 Avalanche

Join us on this A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course, a comprehensive program for winter terrain enthusiasts to learn how to stay safe in avalanche country. Over 26 hours of instruction with classroom lectures, videos, discussions, and field exercises.

Sierra Nevada (California)

3 Days

Jan - Mar, Dec

High

Beginner


Highlights

* Learn the skills you need to travel safely in avalanche terrain

* This course covers a wide range of topics, including avalanche hazards, decision-making, and rescue.

* Put into practice the skills learned in the classroom during field exercises

Description

A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course

Avalanches are a serious hazard for anyone who travels in winter terrain. The A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course, available in Mount Shasta and Bear Valley, California, will teach you the skills you need to stay safe and reduce your risk of an avalanche accident.

Develop safe travel practices in avalanche terrain and learn about avalanche hazards in this essential foundation course with over 26 hours of instruction where you will learn through classroom lectures, videos, discussions, and field exercises how to:

  • Recognize and evaluate avalanche hazards

  • Make sound decisions in avalanche terrain

  • Conduct avalanche rescue

Put into practice all the field hazard evaluation techniques you have learned in the classroom. During the field portion of the A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course, you will ski or snowshoe over carefully planned routes that afford the safest possible access to avalanche terrain.

We will stop frequently to discuss the terrain, snow conditions, vegetation, weather, and anything else related to avalanches. Your instructor will be explaining their reasons for choosing a certain route or avoiding a certain slope.

Anyone who travels in winter terrain should take the A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course. This course is especially important for backcountry travelers, including snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and mountaineers.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


Details

More info

The Group Dates to join the avalanche course in Mt. Shasta are the following:

December 28th to 30th 2023 January 5th to 7th 2024 January 13th to 15th 2024 February 2nd to 4th 2024 February 9th to 11th 2024 February 17th to 19th 2024 March 1st to 3rd 2024 March 8th to 10th 2024

The Group Dates to join the avalanche course in Bear Valley are the following:

January 5th to 7th 2024 February 2nd to 4th 2024 February 17th to 19th 2024 February 23rd to 25th 2024 March 1st to 3rd 2024


FAQs

How much experience do I need for this course?

Participants are required to be in good physical condition. No formal avalanche education is required. We recommended participants have the following skills prior to taking the course: some Snowshoeing or Backcountry Skiing experience, first aid, introduction to avalanche safety.

How fit do I need to be?

All of our climbs and courses occur at altitude and in the mountain environment, so it is essential to be in good to excellent physical condition. Please train and do physical conditioning exercises before your course or climb.

What kind of training do you suggest?

Participants are required to be in good to excellent physical condition. Some snowshoeing or skiing experience is

recommended but not required.

What is the best time of the year for this course?

This course is best taken in the winter, from December to March.

Which Group Dates are scheduled in Mt. Shasta, and which ones will take place in Bear Valley?

The Group Dates to join the avalanche course in Mt. Shasta are the following:

December 28th to 30th 2023

January 5th to 7th 2024

January 13th to 15th 2024

February 2nd to 4th 2024

February 9th to 11th 2024

February 17th to 19th 2024

March 1st to 3rd 2024

March 8th to 10th 2024

The Group Dates to join the avalanche course in Bear Valley are the following:

January 5th to 7th 2024

February 2nd to 4th 2024

February 17th to 19th 2024

February 23rd to 25th 2024

March 1st to 3rd 2024

About the guide

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SWS

4.70

(22)

Mountain Guide

Since 1981, we have been California's leader in guided mountaineering. From the Eastern Sierra to Mt. Shasta, we guide all of California 14ners and internationally.

Languages

English

Certificates

IFMGA | AMGA

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What people are saying about SWS

Osly

3.00

Overall, the fair evaluation for the SWS Mountain Guides and the guide assigned to me is 3 stars. Reasons: 1. The guide did not seem to remember or respect the fact that I was new to mountaineering and that the name of program is called “introduction to mountaineering...”. For example, the guide set his own time for walking and resting without any concern to my physical ability for that timing. The guide walked ahead many times and didn’t even notice when I fell a few times. I understand the guide is not the insurer of safety or a hand holder, but a complete abrasive approach to the service is not right, especially when it’s a paid service. Perhaps, the guide is not a right choice for introduction tours. 2. There was a miscommunication with timing of the summit day. I thought we would start summiting around 5am the next day; however, I was told less than 15 hours before that we would start hiking at 1am the next day from base camp. We arrived at base camp early afternoon, and I’m wired up, hot, and not prepared to fall asleep between 5pm-12am, thus, I didn’t sleep at all. I attempted the summit hike but around 12k feet the sleep deprivation was killing me and I was catching myself falling asleep and my body trying to lay down while waking. The guide didn’t seem to concerned about this. Lack of empathy. Eventually, I had to insist we turn around because I didn’t want to go beyond 30 hours of no sleep and still have to descend from the summit. 3. The guide did help set up the tent and food. The guide did explain layers of clothes on and off and why. The guide did help instruct how to pack and why. 4. Overall, I feel this guide is best suited for advanced climbers not introduction courses as he seems to be more of a “ill walk ahead of you” not “ill walk with you” type of guide.

Magdalena

5.00

This was an amazing trip and overall super positive experience with SWS Mountain Guides. I had a great guide with lots of mountain experience and many cool stories to share!

5.00

Had an amazing experience climbing Mt. Whitney with Richard & Tim. They were excellent guides and safely got us to the summit and back.

5.00

Neil from SWS was amazing. We climbed the Mountaineering Route up to Mt. Whitney. It was an amazing experience. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. I leaned a lot. I would absolutely use these guys again.

5.00

Too bad this review does not allow six stars. SWS is professional, client focused, flexible, and has the clients best interests in mind. I can say the personnel and leadership skills of the SWS guides are among the best. You can't go wrong with SWS.


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