IPAC Avalanche Courses

Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center's Avalanche Course Information

2019/2020 Avalanche Course Dates: REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT LINKS BELOW!


Level 1 Courses:

Level 1 Refresher Course:

Level 2 Courses:

Avalanche Rescue Fundamentals Course:


Level 1 Course Curriculum overview: American Avalanche Association- Avalanche Fundamentals, Level 1. In this class we teach you, how to recognize avalanches, how to avoid them, the factors that result in each type, and how to become your own avalanche forecaster. We will also discuss avalanche dynamics and how to use the avalanche triangle (Snow, Weather, Terrain) to assess the stability of the snowpack. There are several tools that help with the avalanche assessment process and we will discuss their pros and cons. Finally we will spend a good portion of time avalanche rescue. We will talk about what to do if you get caught in an avalanche as well as practice organizing and executing an effective rescue.


Focused topics:

  • Avalanche types and Anatomy
  • Basic slab mechanics
  • Terrain
  • Snowpack and Weather
  • Decision and Support tools
  • Rescue

Required equipment:

  • Skis with telemark, randonee, alpine touring bindings or a Splitboard
  • Avalanche beacon, shovel and probe
  • Appropriate size daypack
  • Lunch and snacks for the day
  • Extra gloves and insulated layer
  • Enough water for the day
  • Sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Knit hat, goggles, gloves, wind block (neck gator, balaclava or buff)

Recommended reading:Snow Sense, Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, The Avalanche Handbook

Classes offered: 
Avalanche Awareness
Level 1
Level 2
St. Regis Valley
AAA - American Avalanche Association