Avalanche Terrain Avoidance Seminar

The Avalanche Terrain Avoidance seminar (ATA):

The Avalanche Terrain Avoidance seminar is a basic seminar 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. The seminar is offered via ZOOM on January 13 and February 2. This seminar requires no prerequisites.
Field sessions in both morning and afternoon on Fridays and Saturdays are part of the seminar. 
In compliance with CV19 protocols, this seminar includes pre-course work by students, a 2-hour online session and a 3-hour field component.
In order to AVOID avalanche terrain you must be capable of RECOGNIZING IT.   This is why you take ATA.
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 on the Friday and Saturday following the online session. Students should bring the regular 10 Essentials and be prepared for winter conditions in the field.
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 exercise 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.

Information for the 2021 Season

Register on-line for the ATA seminar under All Classes or Education Everyone.  Register for the Field Day thru the Trip Signup Schedule.  You need to register for both.
Fees: $20 Trip Leaders*, $30 CMC Non-Trip Leaders; $40 General Public
Trip Leaders may apply to The Leadership Project for free tuition.