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by Seth Lightcap. posted on December 2013

This December marks Jones Snowboard’s fourth annual Avalanche Awareness Month. We feel December is the ideal month to refresh your understanding of Avalanche and Emergency First Aid skills so you are prepared and well-practiced to make good decisions for the rest of the winter.

The first step in expanding or refreshing your avy skills is to take a professional course. Online articles and videos about avalanche education topics provide valuable supplemental knowledge but there is no substitution for taking a class. To understand how to safely study and observe the snowpack you need to spend a few days in the field with the experts.

There are more avalanche courses offered in North America this winter than ever before. If you have been interested in taking a course but never have, or have taken the Level One and have wanted to take Level Two, now is the time!

As the above video from the Utah Avy Center stresses, knowledge is power when it comes to making safe choices in the backcountry and an avy course is the best place to build this educational foundation. Once you know the facts, your experience in the field will be that much more rewarding and informative because you will know better what you see in the snowpack as you travel.

Here is a comprehensive list of most avy courses offered in the US:

For classes in Canada visit – http://www.avalanche.ca/cac/training/ast/courses

December

14-15 | Stanley, ID | AAI Level 1 Refresher | getaway@sawtoothguides.com

12-14 | Jackson, WY | AAI Level 1 Refresher | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

12-15 | Jackson, WY | AAI Level 2 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

12-15 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

13-14 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 1 Refresher | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

13-15 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

13-15 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

13-15 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

13-15 | Brundage and Lick Creek, ID | AIARE Level 1 | marty@payettepowderguides.com

13-15 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

13-16 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 2 | james@alpineinstitute.com

17-19 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

17, 19, 21, 22 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

19-22 | Park City, UT | AIARE Level 1 | experts@whitepinetouring.com

20-21 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 2 Refresher | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

20-22 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

20-22 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

27-29 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

27-29 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

28 | Park City, UT | AIARE Level 1 Refresher | experts@whitepinetouring.com

28-30 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

28-30 | Bishop, CA | AIARE Level 1 | sp@sierramountaincenter.com

28-30 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

January

2-5 | Joseph, OR | AIARE Level 2 | info@wallowahuts.com

2-5 | Jackson, WY | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

3-5 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

3-5 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

3-5 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

3-5 | Bishop, CA | AIARE Level 1 | sp@sierramountaincenter.com

3-5 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

3-5 | Bozeman, MT | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

3-5 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

3-5 | North Conway, NH | AAI Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

3-5 | Park City, UT | AIARE Level 1 | experts@whitepinetouring.com

3-5 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

6-8 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

7-9 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

7-9 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

7, 9, 11, 12 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

9-11 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

9-12 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

9-12 | Leavenworth, Stevens Pass, Blewett Pass, Icicle Creek, WA | AIARE Level 2 | amgaguide@gmail.com

9-12 | Brundage and Lick Creek, ID | AIARE Level 2 | marty@payettepowderguides.com

9-12 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

9-12 | Park City, UT | AIARE Level 2 | experts@whitepinetouring.com

10-12 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@wallowahuts.com

10-12 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

10-12 | Seatle and Mt. Rainier, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

10-12 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

10-12 | Sawtooth Mountains, ID | AIARE Level 1 | getaway@sawtoothguides.com

11-16 | Jackson, WY AAI Level 3 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

14-16 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

14-17 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 2 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

17-19 | Sawtooth Mountains, ID | AIARE Level 1 | getaway@sawtoothguides.com

16-19 | Jackson, WY | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

16-19 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@totalclimbing.com

17-19 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

18-20 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

18-20 | Leavenworth and Blewett Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

18-20 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

18-20 | Bishop, CA | AIARE Level 1 | sp@sierramountaincenter.com

18-20 | Bozeman, MT | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

18-20 | Mount Shasta, CA | AIARE Level 1 | info@shastaguides.com

21-23 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

24-26 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

24-26 | Olympia and Mt. Rainier, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

24-26 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

24-26 | Stanley, ID | AIARE Level 1 | getaway@sawtoothguides.com

27-29 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

30-Feb. 2 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

30-Feb. 2 | Park City, UT | AIARE Level 1 | experts@whitepinetouring.com

30-Feb. 2 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 2 | info@jhmg.com

31-Feb. 2 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

31-Feb. 2 | Brundage and Lick Creek, ID AIARE Level 1 | marty@payettepowderguides.com

31-Feb. 2 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

31-Feb. 2 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

31-Feb.3 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 2 | james@alpineinstitute.com

31-2 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

February

2-8 | Stanely, ID | AIARE Level 3 | getaway@sawtoothguides.com

3-5 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

3-6 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

4, 6, 8, 9 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

6-9 | Leavenworth, Stevens Pass, Blewett Pass, Icicle Creek, WA | AIARE Level 2 | amgaguide@gmail.com

7-9 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

7-9 | Seattle and Mt. Rainier, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

7-9 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

7-9 | Lake Placid, NY | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

7-9 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

7-9 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

8-11 | Bozeman, MT | AAI Level 2 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

8-13 | Salt Lake City, UT | AAI Level 3 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

10-12 | Sun valley, ID | AIARE Level 1 | getaway@sawtoothguides.com

11-13 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

13-16 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@totalclimbing.com

14-16 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

14-17 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 2 | gkaraffa@ems.com

14-17 | Mount Shasta, CA | AAI Level 1 | info@shastaguides.com

15-17 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

15-17 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

15-17 | Bishop, CA | AIARE Level 1 | sp@sierramountaincenter.com

20-23 | Park City, UT | AIARE Level 1 | experts@whitepinetouring.com

20-23 | Stanely, ID | AIARE Level 2 | getaway@sawtoothguides.com

21-23 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

21-23 | Olympia and Mt. Rainier, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

21-23 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

21-23 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

22-25 | Bishop and Mammoth, CA | AIARE Level 2 | sp@sierramountaincenter.com

24-27 | Salt Lake City, UT AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

25-27 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

27-Mar. 2 | Jackson, WY | AAI Level 1 | avalanche.institute@gmail.com

28-Mar. 2 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

28-Mar. 2 | Bishop, CA | AIARE Level 1 | sp@sierramountaincenter.com

28-Mar. 2 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

28-Mar. 2 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

28-Mar. 3 | Bellingham and Mt. Baker, WA | AIARE Level 2 | james@alpineinstitute.com

March

3-6 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

4, 6, 8, 9 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

7-9 | Leavenworth and Steven’s Pass, WA | AIARE Level 1 | amgaguide@gmail.com

7-9 | Bellingham and Mount Baker, WA | AIARE Level 1 | james@alpineinstitute.com

7-9 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

7-9 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

7-9 | Park City, UT | AIARE Level 1 | experts@whitepinetouring.com

7-9 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

10-12 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

13-16 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@totalclimbing.com

14-16 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

14-16 | Mount Shasta, CA | AIARE Level 1 | info@shastaguides.com

14-16 | Jackson and Grand Teton National Park, WY | AIARE Level 1 | info@jhmg.com

15-17 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

21-23 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

21-23 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

21-24 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

22-24 | Bishop, CA | AIARE Level 1 | sp@sierramountaincenter.com

28-30 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

29-31 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

April

3-6 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 2 | info@totalclimbing.com

4-6 | Aspen, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@aspenexpeditions.com

4-6 | Rocky Mountain National Park, CO | AIARE Level 1 | info@totalclimbing.com

5-7 | North Conway, NH | AIARE Level 1 | gkaraffa@ems.com

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