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MountainSavvy LLC presents  


Level 1 and Level 2 Avalanche Safety Courses geared to backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers and snowmobilers.   

Two, three and four-day courses consisting of video presentations, interactive discussion and hands-on field training with state-of-the-art snow rescue equipment.  Participants learn to read the clues of snowpack, weather and terrain; evaluate hazard and assess risk; Participate in beacon searches; Analyze and test snow stability; Participate in search & rescue scenarios. 

LEVEL 1 Courses

Mt Hood Sessions: December 14-15 January 11-12 February 8-9
February 22-23
                 * new registrants to sessions marked "full" will be added to a waiting list in the order registration is received
                 Two-day Level 1 courses ($255) will have an optional 3rd day ($120) allowing students to earn a second certificate in addition to the one provided with successful completion of the two-day course.

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The Lead Instructor for all courses will be Glenn Kessler, Northwest Climbing Ranger and local authority on snow and avalanche. Glenn is a Lead Climbing Ranger at Mt Rainier National Park where he has served since 2000, following 8 years of service as Climbing Ranger on Mt Hood.  He is a Professional member of the American Avalanche Association and an Active member of the Canadian Avalanche Association, having earned its Ski Operations Certification. and is an official provider of Canadian Avalanche Centre AST Courses.  Glenn has been instructing ski mountaineering, backcountry skiing and avalanche safety courses for over a dozen years.


MountainSavvy is an equal opportunity recreation provider operating under special use permit on the Mt. Hood National Forest, USDA Forest Service. MORE

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