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. The seminar is offered in December, January and February: A morning classroom session and afternoon 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 2018-2019 Season

Contact: Brad Cotten at [email protected] (720) 280-7498

Session 1: December 8, 2018, All Day

Session 2: January 5, 2019, All Day

Session 3: February 2, 2019; All Day

Location: Class will be held at the   Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 32nt Ave. Golden

Time: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

There will only be 20 students per class.

Bring your snowshoeing equipment to class, we will depart directly from class to the field day.

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 (CMC defines winter as Oct 1 through Apr 30). 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 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 Field Trip.

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

Denver Group Support Aid for Leader Training (SALT) program for certain school scholarships. Please note, for free tuition, you must be a Denver Leader and register for Denver Group schools through the SALT link, https://goo.gl/DhBZfM, not this school’s site.