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Our Online Courses

Wednesday night is online avalanche education night!

Every Wednesday night through April, we have a 90 minute class taught by a live instructor on Zoom, with time for Q&A during and after the course. Each week we cover a different topic. These classes are great supplements to AIARE avalanche courses, either in advance of, or after taking a formal class.

Online classes are free to OAC members! Non-members can attend invididual classes for $20, or subscribe to a whole season of online classes for $150. The $150 Online Subscription also gives you access to a monthly check-in Zoom call, where we’ll have quizzes, topical discussions, and time to answer your specific questions.

Topics include:

  • What is avalanche terrain?
  • Parts of  the avalanche advisory
  • The nine avalanche types or problems
  • Storm slabs and wind slabs
  • Surface Hoar
  • Facets and rounds- snowpack metamorphism
  • Spring avalanche problems
  • Knowledge check: How much do you know about the nine avalanche problems, and defining your safety margin around each problem
  • Opening and closing terrain on CalTopo, with defined margins from the avalanche advisory
  • Where are you going, based on the avalanche advisory?
  • How to read a snowpit chart
  • How much detail to put in a trip plan
  • Aligning your mindset with your plan and partners
  • How to read a map, for “I’m not a map person”
  • CalTopo pt 1; A comprehensive tour of the basics (what you need to know to use CalTopo in an avalanche class)
  • CalTopo pt 2; DEM models, or how to have CalTopo highlight specific terrain
  • CalTopo pt 3; Using DEM models to show open/closed terrain and your route, based on an avalanche advisory

Here are our currently scheduled online learning courses. Check back often, as we are always adding more great classes. Have a topic you’d like to see in an online learning format? Just let us know.

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