BRASS 101 Avalanche Awareness

BRASS 101 Avalanche Awareness by BRASS Foundation for Avalanche and Snow Safety

This is an opportunity to learn about avalanche and snow safety and is appropriate for anyone wanting to get out in the snow. Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, hiking, snowshoeing or just playing up on the hillside above your house, avalanche awareness is important for you.  

This course follows the standard avalanche awareness format regulated by the American Avalanche Association and follows the Know Before You Go curriculum. Besides the standard curriculum, BRASS Foundation emphasizes, human factors and decision making and situational awareness. Hearing more and more stories of kids “ducking the rope”, we emphasize the importance of staying in bounds, unless with a certified guide and properly equipped.  

Avalanche Certificates given upon completion!  

Day 1 will be in the classroom starting with a short video showing  exciting skiing and riding footage, followed by a detailed presentation and discussion about avalanches and other snow safety hazards such as tree wells. We’ll learn the science behind avalanche and how to avoid them.  

Day 2 will see us outside practicing companion rescue drills. Every participant will practice with an avalanche transceiver, a snow shovel and a probe. We may do rescue drill competitions between teams to really hone our skills and to have lots of fun!  

BRASS Foundation for Avalanche and Snow Safety is an avalanche education nonprofit started by the US Ski Team and the Berlack and Astle families who lost their sons to an avalanche in Soelden, Austria in 2015.  

Instructor, Michael Silitch is the Executive Director of the BRASS Foundation. He recently moved to Park City from Chamonix, France, where he spent 18 years living full time and working as a ski and mountain guide. He currently holds Swiss and US guiding licenses and is fully certified by the IFMGA. He has taught avalanche courses in Switzerland and France, and has worked as an instructor/examiner for the American Mountain Guides Association.

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Feb 05 , 12



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Required Equipment

Please bring a notebook, pen/pencil, and warm clothes, including snow boots, hats, and gloves.

Location: Treasure Mountain Junior High