The Avalanche Terrain Avoidance seminar (ATA) for 2021/2022
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. This seminar requires no prerequisites. We are planning for in person classroom lecture this year
The Field Sessions are part of the ATA seminar.
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 following the in-class lecture. Students should bring the regular 10 Essentials and be prepared for winter conditions in the field.
Bring your snowshoeing equipment to class, we will depart directly from class to the field day.
This is a 4-hour seminar and a 4-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 directly after the morning 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 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 2021-2022 Season
Register on-line for the ATA seminar under All Classes or Education Everyone. THEN Register for the Field Day thru the Trip Signup Schedule. You need to register for both.
Fees: $40 CMC Non-Trip Leaders; $50 General Public
Trip Leaders may apply to The Leadership Project for free tuition and Denver group leaders may apply through the SALT program to cover your tuition cost.
Class limit: 30 people
- December 11 – Classroom – 7 AM to 12 PM, Field Day – 1 PM to 5 PM
- January 8 – Classroom – 7 AM to 12 PM, Field Day – 1 PM to 5 PM
- February 5 – Classroom – 7 AM to 12 PM, Field Day – 1 PM to 5 PM
- February 19 – Classroom – 7 AM to 12 PM, Field Day – 1 PM to 5 PM