If you're thinking of a career in the the professional avalanche industry, a CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 course is the necessary first step. Learn more on our website: avalanche.ca/caa/training/avalanche-operations
This intensive 7 to 8 day technical training course is comprised of approximately 40% theory & classroom work and 60% practical application & field work. See the Sample Course Schedule under "Related Links" for an example of an average day.
Please note: Students are responsible for their own transportation on the course.
At the end of the course, students should be able to:
State the nature of avalanches;
State the hazards of avalanches;
Describe and classify avalanche terrain;
Describe the properties of the mountain snowpack;
Describe, collect and record weather data;
Collect and record snowpack data;
Collect avalanche occurrence data;
State the factors and methods used in avalanche hazard evaluation;
Apply risk control methods;
Conduct avalanche search and rescue;
Describe the scope of practice for the L1 ski operations.