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 December 7, January 4 and February 1. A morning classroom session followed by an afternoon snowshoe field day.  There are no prerequisites.

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 (CMC defines winter as Oct 1 through Apr 30). The field day for each session is directly after the morning lecture. Plan for a full day. Bring snacks and a lunch and be prepared for snow and the weather

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 ½ 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.

 Information for the 2019-2020 Season

Register on-line for the ATA lecture under All Classes or Education Everyone. Register for the Field Day thru the Trip Signup Schedule. You need to register for both.

Location: Jefferson Unitarian Church, 14350 32nt Ave. Golden

Session 1: December 7, 2018, Time: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Session 2: January 4, 2019, Time: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Session 3: February 1, 2019; Time: 7:00 am – 4:00 pm

There will only be 20 students per class.

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

Denver Group Support Aid for Leader Training (SALT) program will cover this school. 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.