Avalanche Operations Level 1 - Kootenay Pass (February 16-23, 2019)

 Kootenay Pass, B.C.

February 16-23, 2019


Last updated: August 22, 2018 – Check this page again 2 weeks prior to your course start date

Dear CAA Avalanche Operations Level 1 participants,

Welcome to the Canadian Avalanche Association’s Avalanche Operations Level 1 course.  

The Level 1 course places a high emphasis on technical knowledge, the importance of standard and reliable observation techniques, sound data collection, and the ability to work safely in avalanche terrain.  Preparation is key to success on this course and this information is provided to help you.

Besides the mailed student resource package this will be the only written correspondence from the CAA regarding your course. Please contact the CAA directly (250-837-2435) if you have any questions.

Below you will find pertinent information for your course. Take the time to read it carefully.

We wish you well on your travels this winter and success during your course.



Emily Grady

Industry Training Program Manager

Pre-course preparation checklist

  • Check this page again 2 weeks prior to course start date.
  • You will be mailed a package containing a variety of resources. A pre-course checklist is provided for you in “Chapter 2 Pre-course Preparation” of your student manual. Be sure to complete all items required on this list including study questions and readings. There are a lot of pre-course readings and it is strongly recommended that students start as soon as possible to prepare for the course; it can take approximately 20 hours of preparation.  We recommend that you start with the student manual and then move to the Avalanche Handbook as the handbook is very technical in nature. The background readings of the student manual will assist readers greatly before reviewing the handbook.
  • Professional Rescue Exams may be performed on the first day of the course. Be prepared. (See Chapter 6 of the student manual for information and expectations for the exam.)
  • Please refer to your registration email for a view-only link to the student manual.  

Location and Start Time

Start time: 6:00 pm sharp on February 16, 2019.  (Dinner is NOT provided this evening.)

Location: Click here for a map of the course location Kootenay Pass, Stagleap Provincial Park, Crowsnest HWY 3, Salmo-Creston, BC, Canada.  Meet at the Highway Building on the south side of the highway. Make sure to check road conditions at Drive BC before departing.  

Equipment List

Expect long days for the Level 1 course. Come ready for all aspects, from classroom time to fieldwork. Make sure to have warm clothing and good snow boots with tight closures at the top to keep out snow during daily weather observations. An equipment list outlines what you will need to bring with you to the course. Students who are well prepared with the necessary equipment and basic knowledge will benefit everyone by allowing us to conduct the course’s daily sessions in the most efficient and effective manner possible.

Sample Schedule

View a Sample Course Schedule for the Level 1 course.


Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the course location. For those wishing to carpool a list of student emails is sent out a few weeks prior to the course start date for that purpose.

Transportation to and from field locations will be your own responsibility. Time to arrange carpooling will be available in the class.

If your course requires lift access, tickets are provided by your instructors. If you have a season's pass for the area please bring this with you.


The Highway Building has the following amenities:
  • You will have your won room with single bed, small desk and closet.  You need your own sleeping bag/bedding and pillow.
  • The washroom facilities consist of a main washroom with 3 toilets and 3 sinks,  A smaller women's washroom has 1 toilet and 1 sink.  Bring your own towel, soap, etc.
  • This is a fully catered course except for the FIRST NIGHT, there is NO DINNER!.  Please ensure any food allergies/preferences are well communicated tot eh CAA well before the course.
  • There is telephone access (Within reason)
  • Internet access is limited, MAKE SURE to do all DOWNLOADING beforehand.

Important note: This course is a hut-based course; students are expected to STAY ON-SITE through the duration of the course.  As such, come prepared with all of your equipment and personal belongings.   

Student Policies

To familiarize yourself with the Student Policies, go to our Student Resources webpage.
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