BRASS Avalanche Safety Academy

As a part of its mission to raise awareness of avalanche education for athletes and coaches, the BRASS Foundation has initiated a special program to provide AIARE Level 1 training to U.S. Ski & Snowboard national team coaches and athletes. The BRASS Avalanche Safety Academy funds important avalanche safety education workshops each spring led by AIARE instructors. The three-day workshops include both classroom and real environment education on-snow.

The program is open to any current national team coach or athlete. No prior training is necessary to take the AIARE Level 1 program. Participants are required to come with proper backcountry and avalanche safety gear. The program is produced by BRASS in concert with AIARE and Snowbird Resort, with support from U.S. Ski & Snowboard. Participants are asked to pay a minimal fee of $100 per person (non refundable), with all other costs covered.

2019 Program Dates
April 20-22, 2019
April 24-26, 2019

Snowbird Resort (classroom location TBD)
Trails used will include either lift-served terrain at Snowbird (lift tickets are provided) or other nearby trails in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Daily Schedule
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (participants must be on-site in advance of 8:00 a.m. startup; no tardiness!)

Required Equipment
Avalanche beacon
Suitable backpack
Backcountry skis or split boards with alpine touring bindings and skins for climbing. Snowshoes are not permitted.

Provided Materials
Mandatory online pre-course will be sent to all students in advance.
Field books and student manuals will be provided.
Bring your own lunch!
Lift tickets for Snowbird are provided
Participating students will also receive pro form links for ordering equipment for participating program partners.

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