The Oregon Ski Guides Avalanche Skills Clinic is a day-long course designed for beginner- to intermediate-level backcountry skiers and snowboarders, providing hands-on avalanche instruction and companion rescue training. This is an inclusive clinic for women and anyone who identifies as female or non-binary.
The course is designed specifically for women and female-identifying people who are starting or refreshing their avalanche education. This is a great opportunity to prepare for a more in-depth three-day AIARE 1 course. Students will travel on snow with touring skis, splitboards, or snowshoes.
We’ll start the day by discussing some of the big-ticket concepts of avalanche safety. Learning how to identify avalanche terrain is a critical component of any ski touring trip. We’ll also discuss the 9 types of avalanche problems, and learn about how these problems interact with the terrain.
Once we leave our cars and head out to a tour location, we’ll spend a couple of hours learning to operate and search with avalanche beacons, practice probing and digging skills and then do a mock rescue putting it all together. After that, we’ll do a short tour, and practice identifying avalanche terrain, measuring slope angles. The day will finish with a short ski down back to the cars.
This is a great one day clinic that will expose you to the basics of Avalanche Skills!
On-snow travel gear (touring skis, splitboard, snowshoes), ski-specific backpack, avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, shovel, probe), and lunch.