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The San Juan Field School offers several avalanche education opportunities throughout the winter season including one 4-day avalanche course, two 3-day avalanche courses, one 2-day avalanche course, our free Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series and as well as our free Avalanche Beacon Rescue Clinics. Our 4 and 3-day courses curricula adhere to American Avalanche Association (AAA) guidelines and curriculum from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and all participants receive a Certificate of Completion for these courses. Field sessions make up at least 50% of course content and are conducted in real avalanche terrain. All of our highly-skilled instructors/guides are avalanche forecasters, snow safety experts, professional ski patrollers and/or professional members of the AAA and/or AIARE who understand the importance of creating dynamic and interesting lessons. Our Monday Night Avalanche Forums are designed to encourage avalanche safety and awareness and involve a variety of guest speakers. They are free and open to the public.
American Avalanche Association Education (AAA)

The American Istitute for Avalanche Research and Education (ARIRE)

 
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The Non-Profit San Juan Field School
THE FOLLOWING COURSES WILL BE OFFERED THROUGH THE NON-PROFIT SAN JUAN FIELD SCHOOL THIS 2013-20014 WINTER SEASON: Note you need to call and reserve for your spot with a Credit Card Payment in full.

Reservations can only be made by calling 970-728-4101

These programs would not be possible without the generous support of the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE, TSG Ski & Golf, LLC, the Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association and other generous donations.

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Telluride Avalanche School Backcountry Skiing/Snowboarding
Avalanche Refresher & Hut Trip

Dates:TBA
Price: $300.00/person,
Registration Limit: 10 people
Registration fee includes food, lodging and outfitting fees.

Sponsored by San Juan Field School and the San Juan OutdoorAdventuresl/Telluride Adventures, this refresher course provides a review of the basics to evaluate avalanche conditions. Students will be reintroduced to the avalanche phenomenon in a complete field environment. In reviewing the relationship that exists between mountain weather, snowpack stability and terrain features, students will practice how to evaluate avalanche conditions. Field sessions make up 90% of course content and are conducted in a variety of settings. This course is a must for anyone who even considers venturing into the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains. Food and lodging included.| Make reservation

 

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12th Annual Telluride Avalanche School AIARE Level II

Dates: March 19th-22 2015
Price: $560.00
Registration Limit: 10 people

Co-sponsored by the San Juan Field School and the San Juan OutdoorAdventuresl/Telluride Adventures, this 4 day class is designed for those serious about the winter backcountry. An advanced level course, our Level II provides an in-depth look at avalanches at a level appropriate to snow workers, avalanche professionals and long-time backcountry enthusiasts. Lodging and food is provided at the lovely Alta Lakes Observatory! Course cost is $485.00/person. | Make reservation

 

blue rule25 th Annual Telluride Avalanche School Level I
Dates: Jan. 9-11 2015
Price: $275.00/person early registration:12/24/14 Late Registration $300.00
Registration Limit: 20 people

Sponsored by San Juan Field School and San Juan OutdoorAdventuresl/Telluride Adventures, this introductory course provides the basics to evaluate avalanche conditions. Students will be introduced to the avalanche phenomenon in both classroom and field sessions. In learning about the relationship that exists between mountain weather, snowpack stability and terrain features, students will gain a basic understanding of how to evaluate avalanche conditions. Field sessions make up 50% of course content and are conducted in a variety of settings. This course is a must for anyone who even considers venturing into the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains . At the end of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Completion. | Make reservation

 

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Telluride Avalanche School AIARE Level I
Dates: Feb. 20-22
Price: $275.00/person early registration:12/24/14 Late Registration $300.00
Registration Limit: 20 people

Sponsored by San Juan Field School and San Juan OutdoorAdventuresl/Telluride Adventures, this introductory course provides the basics to evaluate avalanche conditions. Students will be introduced to the avalanche phenomenon in both classroom and field sessions. In learning about the relationship that exists between mountain weather, snowpack stability and terrain features, students will gain a basic understanding of how to evaluate avalanche conditions. Field sessions make up 50% of course content and are conducted in a variety of settings. This course is a must for anyone who even considers venturing into the backcountry of the San Juan Mountain's . At the end of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Completion. | Make reservation

Telluride Avalanche School AIARE Level I
Dates:
Price: $275.00/person early registration: Late Registration $300.00
Registration Limit: 20 people

Sponsored by San Juan Field School and San Juan OutdoorAdventuresl/Telluride Adventures , this introductory course provides the basics to evaluate avalanche conditions. Students will be introduced to the avalanche phenomenon in both classroom and field sessions. In learning about the relationship that exists between mountain weather, snowpack stability and terrain features, students will gain a basic understanding of how to evaluate avalanche conditions. Field sessions make up 50% of course content and are conducted in a variety of settings. This course is a must for anyone who even considers venturing into the backcountry of the San Juan Mountain's . At the end of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Completion. | Make reservation

 

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The San Juan Field School operates in partnership with the San Juan OutdoorAdventuresl/Telluride Adventures, a fully insured USDA Forest Service permitted outfitter in the Uncompahgre and San Juan National Forests and an Equal Opportunity Service Provider. Our avalanche education programs are presented in coordination with the Telluride Ski Patrol. These programs would not be possible without the generous support of the Telluride Foundation, CCAASE, TSG Ski & Golf, LLC, the Telluride Mountain Village Owner’s Association and other generous donations.

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YOU MAY ALSO JOIN US FOR A PRIVATE COURSE, DESIGNED JUST FOR YOU AND PUT ON BY THE SAN JUAN OUTDOOR SCHOOL/TELLURIDE ALPINISM:

Half-day Avalanche Awareness Clinic
$100.00/person/day group rate [ 4 or more ]
$125.00/person semi-private [ 3 or less ]
$225.00 private lesson

In this field-based class you will learn how to evaluate avalanche terrain, implement safe travel protocols and evaluate snow conditions at a very basic level. This course is designed for people who want to learn how to avoid areas where avalanches may exist. | Make reservation

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Full-day Avalanche Awareness Clinic
$125.00/person/day group rate [ 4 or more ]
$150.00/person semi-private [ 3 or less ]
$275.00 private lesson

Our one-day course provides you with an excellent simplified introduction to the avalanche phenomenon. You will spend the morning in a classroom environment learning about the ways in which snowpack, terrain and weather contribute to avalanche conditions. In the afternoon, you will venture into the field on skis or snowshoes to study the basics of terrain evaluation, snow stability analysis and avalanche rescue skills. | Make reservation

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Half-day Avalanche Rescue Clinic
$100.00/person/day group rate [ 4 or more ]
$125.00/person semi-private [ 3 or less ]
$225.00 private lesson

This intensive class will introduce you to the fundamentals of avalanche rescue and beacon use. You will become familiar with all different kinds of avalanche rescue gear and how to use it effectively. This clinic includes a 2-hour classroom session and 2 hours of field practice. | Make reservation

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Three-day Avalanche School Level I
$375.00/person/day group rate [ 4 or more ]
$450.00/person semi-private [ 3 or less ]
$900.00 private lesson

This introductory course provides you with a comprehensive perspective on the avalanche phenomenon. In learning about the relationship that exists between mountain weather, snowpack stability and terrain features, you will gain a basic understanding of how to evaluate avalanche conditions. You will spend half the course in the classroom and the other half in the field. This course is a must for anyone who even considers venturing into the backcountry of the San Juan Mountains . At the end of the course, participants receive a Certificate of Completion. | Make reservation

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OR JOIN US FOR THE SAN JUAN FIELD SCHOOL'S FREE COMMUNITY PROGRAMS:

Ongoing: Monday Night Avalanche Awareness Forum Series
(FREE and open to the public)
(Dates: To Be Announced, to start in December)

Join the San Juan Field School and Telluride Ski Patrol on select Monday nights to hear a variety of guest speakers. This series is designed to encourage avalanche safety and awareness. These evening discussions take place 5-6 times throughout the winter season. Our programs involve a variety of guest speakers and are designed to stimulate thought about avalanche safety. Free to the public. | Make reservation

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Avalanche Beacon Rescue Clinics
(FREE and open to the public)
(Dates: To Be Announced,
January?)

Our free Avalanche Beacon Rescue Clinics are offered 4-6 times each season. In these 2-3 hour sessions, you will have the opportunity to meet with a variety of avalanche professionals to learn the latest techniques in avalanche beacon rescue while engaging in supervised practice in the field. Specific clinic dates to be announced. | Make reservation

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Classroom Extension Programs:
Each year, the San Juan Field School works with Telluride area classroom teachers to create experiential education programs that enhance the educational curricula of their classes. Whether students are studying the sciences, humanities or outdoor education, the San Juan Field School is able to create programs that meet the needs of each student group. Our programs take students to outdoor classrooms so that they may explore the natural and cultural history of the Telluride region. The San Juan Field School successfully works with a variety of local teachers to create specialized curricular experiences that meet their academic goals.

To this end, the San Juan Field School has an extensive Avalanche Education program that reaches students in all area schools. A survey conducted in the Telluride Middle/High School in 2000, revealed that many students considered themselves expert skiers/riders with adequate knowledge to travel in Telluride's backcountry, specifically through the Ski Area's Backcountry Access Points. And yet, when asked how to recognize avalanche terrain, use avalanche rescue gear, or what to do in case of an emergency, most students exhibited a profound ignorance about proper protocols. The Telluride Ski Area has no way of controlling who may leave the ski area and enter the dangerous avalanche terrain of Bear Creek. It thus becomes the responsibility of local educational organizations to provide our youth with an adequate understanding of the profound dangers associated with skiing/riding Telluride's Backcountry.

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Living In Avalanche Country - An 8th Grade Science Unit
In conjunction with the Telluride School District 's Outdoor Education Program, The San Juan Field School works each year with local teacher, Colin Hubbard to create a two-week 8th Grade Mini-Unit in Avalanche Education. Students in this program devote their science classes to learning about the geo-dynamics of avalanches and how weather, terrain, and snowpack all play significant roles in creation of avalanches. They gain an understanding of the basic physics of snow science and how the metamorphism of individual snow crystals results in a recipe for disaster. The program culminates in an in-depth field trip to Lizard Head Pass in which students join a variety of avalanche professionals to dig snowpits, learn avalanche rescue techniques and practice route-finding skills.

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Other Youth Avalanche Programs
Throughout the winter season, The San Juan Field School also works with a variety of other youth-based entities including the Telluride Ski and Snowboard Club to educate local children and teens about the avalanche phenomenon In the past, we have done school-wide assemblies on the dangers of traveling in Avalanche Terrain and made additional Avalanche Awareness programs available to individual classes as desired by teachers. We hope to continue to offer programs of this kind in the future so that we may more effectively reach the young people of the region. If you are interested in creating a course for your group please contact us !

All of these programs are made possible by the generous support of the Telluride Foundation, San Miguel County, CASE, the Mountain Village Owner's Association, and the Telluride Ski and Golf Company.

 
 
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