Take An Avalanche Course In SW Montana In 2017/2018


Skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, snowshoers, ice climbers, fat bikers, and cross country skiers love to play in the mountains of SW Montana. During the winter months, Big Sky Country provides outdoor enthusiasts with one of the coolest mountain playgrounds in the entire world. If you plan to enjoy it, please do so safely.

Avalanche In Beehive Basin | Photo: D. Lennon
Avalanche In Beehive Basin | Photo: D. Lennon

When you choose to recreate in the backcountry during the winter, you are responsible for your own actions. The proper knowledge, skills, and experience can help you stay safe and avoid hazards while having fun in avalanche terrain. Besides investing in the proper gear, reading the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center’s daily avalanche advisory, and reading avalanche books, you should take an avalanche course.

Avalanche courses are taught by snow professionals who are keen to share their knowledge of avalanches with you in both classroom and field sessions. A proper avalanche course is typically a few days or a weekend long and will dive into topics like avalanche rescues, beacon searches, snow science, mountain hazards, and more.

Taking an avalanche course in Big Sky Country is a smart investment. The things that you learn might just save your life. Below you’ll find a list that you can use as a starting point to plan your backcountry education this winter. Sign up as early as possible before these courses fill up.

If you plan to take an avalanche course in SW Montana this winter, explore the different avalanche education options below:Snowshoeing | Pixabay Image

American Avalanche Institute (AAI) –  AAI offers numerous avalanche education options in the Mountain West. These are the ones based in Bozeman, MT.

  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 18-21, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – February 8-11, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 2 – January 12-15, 2018

Beartooth Mountain Guides

  • Avalanche Level 1 – February 3-5, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – March 25-27, 2018

Beartooth Powder Guides

  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 8-10, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 15-17, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 5-7, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 12-14, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – February 2-4, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – February 9-11, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 27-28, 2018 – Snowmobile Specific
  • Avalanche Level 1 Refresher – December 2-3, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 2 – January 18-21, 2018

Big Sky Backcountry Guides/Bell Lake Yurt

  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 8-10, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 15-17, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 29-31, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 5-7, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 12-15, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 2 – January 18-21, 2018

BSAFE

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

  • The GNFAC has a full schedule of avalanche courses and events for backcountry enthusiasts of all abilities. Please visit the GNFAC Education Calendar for more information.

Hellroaring Powder Guides

  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 15-17, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 2 – January 13-15, 2018

Montana Alpine Guides 

  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 1-3, 2017 – Ice Climber Specific
  • Avalanche Level 1 – December 15-17, 2017
  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 13-15, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – February 17-19, 2018
  • Avalanche Level 1 – March 9-11, 2018

Yellowstone Ski Tours

  • Avalanche Level 1 – January 13-15, 2018
ski mountaineering in big sky
Photo: D. Lennon

As you can see, there are plenty of avalanche courses in SW Montana. Whether you take a weekend course close to home or opt for an avalanche education road trip, it’s well worth the time and the money.

For the most up-to-date information and full details on the avalanche courses in SW Montana, please contact the above companies directly. If you’re new to the backcountry, many of these businesses offer courses, camps, refreshers, guided experiences, yurt & hut trips, and other offerings.

Whether you play in the Gallatins, Madisons, Tobacco Roots, Absarokas, Beartooths, Yellowstone National Park, Centennials, Crazies, or beyond, have fun and  stay safe this winter season!

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