For Skiers and Splitboarders!
SheJumps is excited to partner with Oregon Ski Guides to offer the opportunity for women to gain a basic understanding of avalanche hazard and management in a supportive, all-female learning environment.
We are thrilled to have Solveig Waterfall join us as our guest instructor for this course. Solveig is an AMGA Certified Ski Mountaineering Guide and has worked on Rainier, Denali, the Mexican Volcanoes, in the North Cascades, and spends her early spring season guiding for Chugach Powder Guides in Girdwood, Alaska. She has her AIARE Avalanche Level 3, is an AIARE Level 1 Course Leader, and a Wilderness EMT.
Decision Making In Avalanche Terrain
The level one course is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard and management.
The course is expected to:
- Provide a basic understanding of avalanches
- Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
- Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers”
- Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field
Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).
Student Learning Outcomes
- At the end of the course the student should be able to:
- Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
- Recognize avalanche terrain
- Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
- Learn and apply effective companion rescue
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain on skis, or splitboard. In addition, students must be prepared for both inside and outside coursework.
All instruction takes place in the Central Oregon Cascades over 3 days.
We aren’t having an official SheJumps course in 2017, but we will having a course on Jan 28-30, 2017 with one female instructor