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.


The Outdoor Adventure Club also offers hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking and camping, kayaking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, backountry skiing/boarding, avalanche courses, snowshoeing, and other adventures. Go to our full Event Calendar!

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