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Upcoming Avalanche Courses

Live Better in the Backcountry

2022-2023 Winter Avalanche Courses

Avalanche Level 1

December 8 - 11, 2022

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences. 40% classroom - 60% Field


The course is expected to: 1. Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment 2. Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. 3. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field 4. Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. 5. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills. 

Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.

Student Preequesites Must be capable of traveling to, in and around avalanche terrain. Physically fit enough to carry a 20 lbs. pack, while skiing uphill and downhill in variable snow and weather conditions at high elevations above 8,000’. It is strongly recommended having a WFA or higher medical training, have taken an avalanche awareness or similar course, some previous experience traveling in backcountry terrain and being familiar with your travel and safety equipment.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom
Friday, Dec. 9, 2022 - 9am - 5pm - Classroom
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 10 & 11, 2022 - 7 am - 5 pm - Field

$650

Avalanche Level 1

December 15 - 18, 2022

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences. 40% classroom - 60% Field


The course is expected to: 1. Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment 2. Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. 3. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field 4. Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. 5. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills. 

Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.

Student Preequesites Must be capable of traveling to, in and around avalanche terrain. Physically fit enough to carry a 20 lbs. pack, while skiing uphill and downhill in variable snow and weather conditions at high elevations above 8,000’. It is strongly recommended having a WFA or higher medical training, have taken an avalanche awareness or similar course, some previous experience traveling in backcountry terrain and being familiar with your travel and safety equipment.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom
Friday, Dec. 16, 2022 - 9am - 5pm - Classroom
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 17 & 18, 2022 - 7 am - 5 pm - Field

$650

Avalanche Level 1

December 19 - 22, 2022

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-Day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences. 40% classroom - 60% Field


The course is expected to: 1. Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment. 2. Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. 3. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field 4. Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. 5. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills. 

Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.

Student Preequesites Must be capable of traveling to, in and around avalanche terrain. Physically fit enough to carry a 20 lbs. pack, while skiing uphill and downhill in variable snow and weather conditions at high elevations above 8,000’. It is strongly recommended having a WFA or higher medical training, have taken an avalanche awareness or similar course, some previous experience traveling in backcountry terrain and being familiar with your travel and safety equipment.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 - 9am - 5pm - Classroom
Wednesday & Thursday, Dec. 21 & 22, 2022 - 7 am - 5 pm - Field

$650

Course Full

Avalanche Level 2 with Avalanche Rescue

December 19 - 23, 2022

Class Description

The Level 2 Course with Avalanche Rescue is a 5-Day 40-hour program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills while developing leadership skills in avalanche rescue. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences. 30% classroom - 70% Field

The course is expected to: 1. Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment. 2. Provide the basis for a philosophical understanding of risk management and acceptance of risk. 3. Gather and prioritize information relevant for describing how seasonal weather has affected the snowpack process and current snowpack structure. 4. Create an avalanche hazard assessment without a local bulletin. 5. Describe, create and implement a framework for planning, decision making and risk management in consideration of leading a group in avalanche terrain. 6. Practice travel and terrain mitigation techniques under supervision with feedback in a variety of avalanche terrain situations.

The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to mindset, risk management, stability evaluation, group management and terrain selection.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future future professional level trainings.

Student Prerequisites Must be capable of efficiently traveling to, in and around avalanche terrain (1000’ per hour vertical gain). Physically fit enough to carry a 20 lbs. pack, with the ability to ski uphill and downhill in variable snow and weather conditions at high elevations above 8,000’. It is strongly recommended having a WFR or higher medical training, have taken a Level 1 Avalanche Course and at least one season traveling in backcountry terrain applying those conepts since taking the Level 1.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Monday, Dec. 19, 2022 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom
Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022 - 8am - 5pm - Field
Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022 - 9am - 5 pm - Classroom
Thursday & Friday, Dec. 22 & 23, 2022 - 7am - 5pm - Field

$750

Avalanche Rescue

December 19 - 20, 2022

Class Description

Avalanche Rescue is an 11-hour module intended for individuals to develop and demonstrate leadership and group management on avalanche rescue scenes. Participants will be introduced to avalanche scene management, rescue coordination and rescue techniques. Participants will be evaluated on their performance at the end of the course with written and verbal feedback from the instructors. This course is a prerequisite for the Rec Level 2 and Pro 1 Avalanche Courses.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Monday, December 19, 2022 - 5:30-8:30pm - Classroom
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 9am - 5pm - Field

$175

Avalanche Level 1

January 2 - 5, 2023

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-Day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 40% Classroom, 60% Field.

The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills.

Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Jan. 2 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In person Classroom
Jan. 3 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
Jan. 4 & 5 - 7am - 5pm Field

$650

Course Full

Avalanche Level 1

January 5 - 8, 2023

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-Day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 40% Classroom, 60% Field. The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment

Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills. Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Jan. 5 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In Person Classroom
Jan. 6 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
Jan. 7-8 - 7am - 5pm - Field Sessions

$650

Avalanche Level 1

January 9 - 12, 2023

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-Day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 40% Classroom, 60% Field. The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills. Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person. A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Jan. 9 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In Person Classroom
Jan. 10 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
Jan. 10-11 - 7am - 5pm - Field Sessions

$650

Course Full

Avalanche Level 1

January 12 - 15, 2023

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-Day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 40% Classroom, 60% Field.

The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment.

Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills. Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person. A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Jan. 12 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In Person Classroom
Jan. 13 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
Jan. 14-15 - 7am - 5pm - Field Sessions

$650

Avalanche Level 2 with Avalanche Rescue

February 1 - 5, 2023

Class Description

The Level 2 Course with Avalanche Rescue is a 5-Day 40-hour program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills while developing leadership skills in avalanche rescue. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 30% Classroom, 70% Field. The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment. Provide the basis for a philosophical understanding of risk management and acceptance of risk. Gather and prioritize information relevant for describing how seasonal weather has affected the snowpack process and current snowpack structure. Create an avalanche hazard assessment without a local bulletin. Describe, create and implement a framework for planning, decision making and risk management in consideration of leading a group in avalanche terrain. Practice travel and terrain mitigation techniques under supervision with feedback in a variety of avalanche terrain situations. The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to mindset, risk management, stability evaluation, group management and terrain selection. A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future future professional level trainings.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Feb. 1 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In Person Classroom
Feb. 2 - 9am - 5pm - Rescue - Field Based
Feb. 3 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
Feb. 4 & 5 - 7am - 5pm - Field Sessions

$750

Avalanche Rescue

February 1 - 2, 2023

Class Description

Avalanche Rescue is an 11-hour module intended for individuals to develop and demonstrate leadership and group management on avalanche rescue scenes. Participants will be introduced to avalanche scene management, rescue coordination and rescue techniques. Participants will be evaluated on their performance at the end of the course with written and verbal feedback from the instructors. This course is a prerequisite for the Rec Level 2 and Pro 1 Avalanche Courses.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023 - 9am - 5pm - Field

$175

Avalanche Level 1

February 7 - 10, 2023

Class Description

The Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute’s Level 1 is a 4-Day, 30-hour introduction to travel in avalanche terrain and avalanche hazard management. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 40% Classroom, 60% Field.

The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment Describe how, when and why avalanches occur. Identify and describe avalanche terrain in the field Describe and implement a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. Have had an opportunity to practice companion rescue with feedback and understand the framework and importance for continued practice of companion rescue skills. Students can expect to learn to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in and around avalanche terrain, introduced to risk management tools and mentored in basic decision making while in the field and an introduction and practice of rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future JHOLI Avalanche Level 2 course.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Feb. 7 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In Person Classroom
Feb. 8 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
Feb. 9-10 - 7am - 5pm - Field Sessions

$650

Avalanche Level 2 with Avalanche Rescue

March 6 - 10, 2023

Class Description

The Level 2 Course with Avalanche Rescue is a 5-Day 40-hour program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills while developing leadership skills in avalanche rescue. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 30% Classroom, 70% Field.

The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment. Provide the basis for a philosophical understanding of risk management and acceptance of risk. Gather and prioritize information relevant for describing how seasonal weather has affected the snowpack process and current snowpack structure. Create an avalanche hazard assessment without a local bulletin. Describe, create and implement a framework for planning, decision making and risk management in consideration of leading a group in avalanche terrain. Practice travel and terrain mitigation techniques under supervision with feedback in a variety of avalanche terrain situations. The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to mindset, risk management, stability evaluation, group management and terrain selection.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future future professional level trainings.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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March 6 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In Person Classroom
March 7 - 9am - 5pm - Rescue - Field Based
March 8 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
March 9 & 10 - 7am - 5pm - Field Sessions

$750

Avalanche Rescue

March 6 - 7, 2023

Class Description

Avalanche Rescue is an 11-hour module intended for individuals to develop and demonstrate leadership and group management on avalanche rescue scenes. Participants will be introduced to avalanche scene management, rescue coordination and rescue techniques. Participants will be evaluated on their performance at the end of the course with written and verbal feedback from the instructors. This course is a prerequisite for the Rec Level 2 and Pro 1 Avalanche Courses.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Monday, March 6, 2023 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom
Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 8am - 5pm - Field

$175

Avalanche Level 2 with Avalanche Rescue

March 20 - 24, 2023

Class Description

The Level 2 Course with Avalanche Rescue is a 5-Day 40-hour program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills while developing leadership skills in avalanche rescue. This course included pre-course assignments, classroom sessions and field experiences: 30% Classroom, 70% Field.

The course is expected to: Provide a biological and cognitive framework for decision making, team building and partner selection while developing mindset and intention for interaction with the backcountry environment. Provide the basis for a philosophical understanding of risk management and acceptance of risk. Gather and prioritize information relevant for describing how seasonal weather has affected the snowpack process and current snowpack structure. Create an avalanche hazard assessment without a local bulletin. Describe, create and implement a framework for planning, decision making and risk management in consideration of leading a group in avalanche terrain. Practice travel and terrain mitigation techniques under supervision with feedback in a variety of avalanche terrain situations. The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to mindset, risk management, stability evaluation, group management and terrain selection.

A final debrief includes a lesson learned summary and opportunities to gain additional education and mentorship. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future future professional level trainings.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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March 20 - 5:30pm - 8:30pm - In Person Classroom
March 21 - 9am - 5pm - Rescue - Field Based
March 22 - 9am - 5pm - In Person Classroom
March 23 & 24 - Field Sessions

$750

Avalanche Rescue

March 20 - 21, 2023

Class Description

Avalanche Rescue is an 11-hour module intended for individuals to develop and demonstrate leadership and group management on avalanche rescue scenes. Participants will be introduced to avalanche scene management, rescue coordination and rescue techniques. Participants will be evaluated on their performance at the end of the course with written and verbal feedback from the instructors. This course is a prerequisite for the Rec Level 2 and Pro 1 Avalanche Courses.


Central Wyoming College – Jackson Outreach
240 S. Glenwood St. #124, Jackson, WY

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Monday, March 20, 2023 - 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Classroom
Tuesday, March 21, 2023 - 8am - 5pm - Field

$175