Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Seminar

The Avalanche Terrain Avoidance seminar (ATA):The Avalanche Terrain Avoidance seminar is a basic course to help you recognize when and where avalanche danger may exist and how to avoid it.  Sources of information and methods for planning avalanche-safe routes will be presented.  This seminar will not teach you about beacons, probes or avalanche rescue.  The seminar is offered in December, January and February: one evening classroom session and an optional field day.  There is no prerequisite.

This seminar WILL NOT teach you about beacons, probes & avalanche rescue.
These subjects are taught in the AIARE Level 1 School for those who DO WANT to travel in avalanche terrain safely.

ATA is available for Denver Group Support Aid for Leader Training (SALT) program. Please note, for free tuition, you must be a Denver Leader and register for Denver Group schools through the SALT link, not this school’s site.  For more information and to apply for SALT, go to https://goo.gl/DhBZfM

No, you don’t have to have heavy snow pack to learn how to assess avalanche terrain.

Information for the 2017-2018 Season

Contact: Brad Cotten at allcotten5@gmail.com 720/280-7498 C

Session 1: December 6, 2017; December 9, 2017 Field Day

Click here to register for Session 1 of the Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) for Leaders

Click here to register for Session 1 of the Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) for Non-Leaders & General Public.

Click here to register for Session 1 ATA Field Day.

Session 2: January 3, 2018, January 6, 2018 Field Day

Click here to register for Session 2 of the Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) for Leaders

Click here to register for Session 2 of the Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) for Non-Leaders & General Public.

Click here to register for Session 2 ATA Field Day.

Session 3: February 7, 2018; Field Day February 10, 2018

Click here to register for Session 3 of the Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) for Leaders

Click here to register for Session 3 of the Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) for Non-Leaders & General Public.

Click here to register for Session 3 ATA Field Day.

Location: Class will be held at the Colorado Mountain Club, American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401

Time: 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Fees: $20 Denver Trip Leaders, $30 CMC Non-Trip Leaders; $40 General Public

This is a 3-hour seminar and a 6-hour field day for those who wish to AVOID avalanche terrain. The seminar is required for winter, non-backcountry leaders who wish to lead winter trips in non-avalanche terrain. The field day for each session is the Saturday after the Lecture.

The class Objectives & Learning Outcomes are as follows:

  • Understand why Colorado has the most dangerous avalanche conditions in the US.
  • Learn what an avalanche is and what factors contribute to an avalanche.
  • Understand and apply current avalanche forecast.
  • Recognize & avoid avalanche hazards.
  • Use tools for planning a successful trip.
  • Learn from a case study of an avalanche accident.

The field day allows students to use slope meters to determine potential avalanche prone terrain and non-prone avalanche terrain as well as to determine route finding. These techniques can be taught with or without snow conditions.

Register on-line for the ATA lecture under All Classes or Education Everyone. Register thru the Activity Schedule for the Optional Field Trips.

If you are interested in learning how to use shovel probes & beacons as well as rescue techniques, please consider enrolling in AIARE Level 1.

NOTE: THERE ARE TWO REGISTRATIONS FOR EACH LECTURE DATE – ONE REGISTRATION FOR LEADERS; ONE REGISTRATION FOR NON-LEADER MEMBERS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC
REGISTRATION FOR THE OPTIONAL FIELD TRIP DATES ARE LISTED UNDER ALL TRIPS, LEADER BRAD COTTEN

 

 

 

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