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The Prival Level 1 is a three-day / 24-hour course recognized by A3 the American Avlanche Association. This course will provide an introduction to travel in and avoidance of avalanche terrain. Students can expect to learn and practice terrain, weather and snowpack skills used in backcountry travel. An emphasis is placed on fundamental group decision making before entering the field, as well as “on the fly” adjustments and assessments during field travel. Case studies and cooperative group communication skills address the many human factors that can help to avoid accidents. Students will also practice basic partner rescue skills.
Who Should Take this Course
Winter backcountry travelers with some knowledge of or prior avalanche training and backcountry experience. A Previously completed UAC 101 or equivalent course is recommended. The Prival Avalanche Awareness and Companion Rescue Course and a minimum of one day of guided backcountry riding would alternately be a great starting point.
Aspiring professionals will need to take a AAA approved Level 1 and 8 hour Avalanche
Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.
– As provided by the guidelines of the American Avalanche Association –
At the end of the Level 1 course the student should be able to:
-Access avalanche bulletins and learn to understand & apply that information to the local forecast areas.
-Describe where and why avalanches occur and their key components for formation.
-Identify the basic Human Factors and apply simple decision tools to prepare for traveling in avalanche terrain.
-Apply risk management tools: safety equipment, trailhead checks, and basic group communication skills..
-Learn and practice on their own procedures for basic companion rescue.
-Make key observations for snowpack and weather, and document their findings.
-Practice snowpack tests relative to the current avalanche problems.
-Identify avalanche terrain in the field.
-Choose terrain appropriate for the current avalanche and weather forecast for safe travel.
Students must be prepared to travel in avalanche terrain on skis, spitboard, snowshoes or snowmobiles and bring appropriate equipment for traveling in winter weather conditions for three consecutive days.
Prival is now an accredited provider recognized by the American Avalanche Association. All course instructors are certified A3 members trained to teach at or above the level of avalanche education course listed here.