A3 Certified Avalanche Education

Mount Shasta, CA & Bear Valley, CA

NEW FOR 2023/2034 – Crater Lake Nat’l Park, OR & Mt Charleston, NV

Avalanche Level 1

Certified Avalanche Level 1

$625.00  per person / 3 Days

Mt Shasta & Bear Valley CA,
Crater Lake, OR.  Mt Charleston, NV.
A3 Avalanche Level 1 Course is the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain.  This course contains over 26  hours of instruction comprised of classroom lectures, videos, discussions, and a minimum of at least 16 plus hours of fieldwork. Our courses are designed for all types of backcountry travelers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides. We use a variety of systems to learn how to evaluate avalanche hazards and to develop “your avalanche judgment.”
Avalanche Level 1 Pit

A3 Certified Avalanche Level 2

$775 per person / 3 Days

Mt Shasta & Bear Valley CA,
Crater Lake, OR.   Mt Charleston, NV.

Continue your Avalanche Education with Avalanche Level 2 Course consists of 8 plus hours of instruction in lecture, video, discussion, and field study in the Mt. Shasta or Bear Valley Backcountry.  At least 16+ hours of which will be spent learning hands-on in the snow.  Avalanche Level 2 Course is designed to build on the necessary information and skills developed in the Avalanche level 1 course and then explore deeper into the up-to-date science behind avalanches.  The goal is to give students a more technical understanding of how avalanches develop and release so that they might be able to make safer life-saving decisions.

Avalanche Rescue Clinic

A3 Certified Avalanche Rescue Clinic

$295.00 per person / 1 day

Mt Shasta & Bear Valley CA,
Crater Lake, OR.  Mt Charleston, NV.

A3 Avalanche Rescue Course is a new component of the American Avalanche Associations’ (A3) progression of avalanche education. The fundamental goal of the course is to give participants the skills necessary to safely perform a companion or team rescue in the event of an avalanche incident. A3 Avalanche Rescue Course revolves around four core curriculum areas: Avalanche Rescue Principles, Avalanche Equipment and Applications, the Companion Rescue Process, and Avalanche Victim Basic Care.


SWS Main Office: 
110 Alpine St., Mount Shasta, California 96067

Bear Valley Office &
Backcountry Ski Shop:

Across from the Lobby in the Bear Valley Lodge
P.O. Box 5104
265 Bear Valley Rd, Bear Valley, California 95223

Lone Pine Office:
120 South Main St., Suite 1.5, Lone Pine, California 93545