Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Southern CA Snow and Avalanche Center Fundraiser (Feb 8th @ Mt. Baldy)

Special Announcement 1-19-14 - Fundraiser So Cal Snow Avalanche Center has teamed up with Teton Gravity Research and Mt. Baldy Ski Lifts to bring you the first So Cal Snow Avalanche Center Fundraiser. The date has been set for Saturday February 8th, 2014 and will be held at The Notch at Mt. Baldy Resort. We will be premiering TGR's latest film "Way Of Life" as part of the event. There will be raffles, silent auctions, free day time avalanche courses and much much more. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. With bar snacks, a dinner menu and full bar will be available with proceeds from some specialty items as well as ticket sales going to support the center. http://www.socalsnow.org/ Tickets will be: $10 for the event only if you have a season pass or are a Mt. Baldy member $20 for the event and lift ride to the Notch $49 for an all access lift ticket and the event All tickets will get you a wrist band for the event and a raffle ticket. This gives you access to all events included for the day. $10 from every ticket sale goes to support So Cal Snow Avalanche Center. Purchase tickets on the Events Page or at Mt. Badly or Teton Gravity Research links to these locations to be posted soon. Free avalanche training will be offered during the day as follows: Sign in 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Session #1 - 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Session #2 - 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Session #1 choices: - Avalanche awareness (indoor presentation) -Avalanche terrain tour of Mt. Baldy and travel techniques (outdoor) -Beacon clinic training and practice (outdoor at the new beacon park) Session #2 choices: -Decision making in avalanche terrain/ human factors (indoor presentation) -Beacon clinic training and practice (outdoor at the new beacon park) Large raffle prize pool and a silent auction will be included with the event access

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Level 2 Avalanche Class Information

We are planning on teaching a Level 2 Avalanche class this year and I wanted to provide the details of the class. Level 2 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel This is an enhanced Level 2 course for ski patrollers or personnel of other organizations or agencies engaged in avalanche search and rescue who want to upgrade avalanche safety and rescue skills to a leadership level. It is a prerequisite for NSP avalanche instructor development and for professional-level training offered by other organizations. This course covers advanced knowledge and techniques for hazard assessment and route selection, introduces avalanche hazard forecasting and mitigation strategies, and develops organized rescue management and leadership, including strategies for travel to an incident site and conducting both an immediate search and extended operations. It also includes incident/rescue documentation and development of avalanche emergency response plans. Prerequisites: Level 1 Avalanche for Rescue Personnel course or refresher within the previous three years; at least one intervening year of experience is highly recommended. Time Commitment: Minimum of 32 hours instruction, at least 60 percent spent in the field. Fees: $190 for NSP Members and $225 for non-NSP Members Credential: NSP Certificate of Achievement Continuing Education/Refresher Requirements: None Instructor of Record: NSP-certified Level 2 Avalanche Instructor Required Text:Avalanche Rescue Quick Guide NSP Avalanche Rescue Fundamentals Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, by Bruce Tremper or The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Ed., by David McClung and Peter Schaerer Optional Text: Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observational Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States, by the American Avalanche Association and U.S. Forest Service Snowstruck: In the Grip of Avalanches, by Jill Fredston Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dDJYNUV1UlhhRURDZENvalZyWXcwa0E6MA#gid=0 Contact Information Jeff Pierce avalanche@socalnsp.org

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Level 1 Avalanche Class for the Professional Rescuer

We have set the dates for the first Level 1 Avy class of the season. I know it is very early and we do not have our first snowfall yet; however, I wanted to get the tentative dates out there for those who like to plan ahead. With this in mind, the dates for the class can change as well as the location for the field sessions. We are currently targeting Mt. Baldy for the field session. If there is a lack of snow, we may move the field sessions to either the Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort (LSSVR) or possible to the Mammoth backcountry. Either way, here are the dates and the link for the class registration. Classroom Sessions Tuesday January 7, 2014 from 6:00-10:00pm in Claremont Thursday January 9, 2014 from 6:00-10:00pm in Claremont Field Sessions Saturday January 11, 2014 from 8:00am-4:00pm at Mt. Baldy Sunday January 12, 2014 from 8:00am-4:00pm at Mt. Baldy Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dDBTamRmcWZZdFFwOE16QmpYVkFMeFE6MA#gid=0 Contact: Jeff Pierce Southern CA Avalanche Supervisor pierce_group@msn.com 626-374-2451 cell

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