Avalanche Education at Bell Lake Yurt
There is no skill more important for backcountry skiers and riders than recognizing and assessing avalanche hazard, and using well-gathered information to make safe decisions. Let our team of friendly, experienced avalanche educators help you master the strategies to make the backcountry a rewarding place to play--for an entire lifetime of powder turns. All BSBG courses adhere to current American Avalanche Association (AAA) guidelines.
Level 1 Avalanche
Get a Level 1 avalanche course and a fully guided, catered yurt trip with Big Sky Backcountry Guides! Bell Lake Yurt's immersive, high-country environment takes avalanche education where it belongs: into the backcountry. Spend three days and two nights learning in the mountains--not a classroom.
3 Days/ 2 Nights
$620/person all inclusive
Price includes professional instruction, three days and two nights at beautiful Bell Lake Yurt, delicious meals, a certificate of completion, and plenty of turns! Compare at $440+ for town-based courses, and Bell Lake Yurt provides amazing value.
With a maximum class size of eight (vs. up to 24 in other courses), and a maximum instructor ratio of 4:1 (vs. up to 7:1 in other courses) students receive personalized attention and the best quality experience possible.
Guests will need touring bindings and skins or a splitboard (no snowshoes, please), and an avalanche transceiver, shovel, and probe. Avalanche gear rentals are available through Big Sky Backcountry Guides. Please call for details.
NOTE: Bell Lake Yurt Level 1 avalanche courses take place in the backcountry. The approach to our yurt is 2.6 miles and 1,600 feet, which usually takes around three hours of skinning with a daypack and sleeping bag. Please be physically prepared.
2019-20 Course Schedule:
2019-20 Registration is open!
(Click Dates Below to Register)
1.) Dec. 6-8, 2019 (7 Spots Left!)
2.) Dec. 13-15, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)
3.) Dec. 15-17, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)
4.) Dec. 20-22, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)
5.) Dec. 27-29, 2019 (8 Spots Left!)
6.) Jan. 3-5, 2020 (6 Spots Left!)
7.) Jan. 10-12, 2020 (5 Spots Left!)
8.) Jan. 24-26, 2020 (8 Spots Left!)
Level 1 Avalanche Course Learning Outcomes:
Learn to understand & apply local avalanche forecasts.
Describe where and why avalanches occur—key components for avy formation.
Study Human Factors. Identify & apply simple decision-making tools to prepare for traveling in avalanche terrain.
Apply risk management tools: safety equipment, trailhead checks, and communication.
Learn procedures for Basic Companion Rescue.
Make key observations for snowpack and weather
Practice snowpack tests appropriate for the current avalanche problems.
Identify avalanche terrain in the field.
Choose terrain appropriate for the current avalanche forecast & conditions. Link skier objectives to terrain and avoiding the day’s avalanche problems.
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Courses and camps require full payment at time of booking.
Courses are non refundable, unless your position in the class can be filled. An $80 administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds.
Payments may be made via MasterCard or Visa--sorry, checks are no longer accepted. Rates do not include 3% CC processing fee or guide gratuity.