So you have done a Level 1 course, you have all those brand new skills and lots of new knowledge but frankly the course has got you a little worried about all the things you have to consider and all the problems you might encounter are seeming a little overwhelming.
Not to worry we have put his program together with all of this in mind and we have seen the concerns that people have after completing the Level I program. So we go out in the field and spend the day with you in charge, leading the group and making decisions for the group. But at the back of the group is your guide and mentor who will add advice, point out things you might have forgotten and help practically expand your skills beyond the Level 1 course.
Think of this as having your own “Guardian Angel” along.
The course is held on-snow in the Bishop or Mammoth areas. We want ready access to the best snow and conditions so we will make our decision of where to go as the course time draws close. We also want to see if we can get you somewhere you have not been before so we will be asking students as to their past local experience. We will facilitate car pools to the snow each day but you should make sure your vehicle is prepared for winter travel.
We try to avoid mixing snowshoers and skiers together. Both have different speeds of travel and needs. For skiers we concentrate more on the descending than we can on the Level I and for snowshoers we focus more on the approaches. So where we can we create groups based upon their mode of travel.
The course does not include food or lodging.
The night before or morning of, program participants will be expected to pull up local avalanche information and weather coming ready to give an opinion of current conditions and what concerns for the day might be.