The NSP provides several layers of avalanche education. They are designed to fit the needs of different audiences with different backgrounds, interests, and geographical conditions. The Central Division offers two of the three NSP avalanche programs – “Avalanche Awareness” and “Level 1-Module 1-Classroom”.

One is Avalanche Awareness and is an introduction course to build interest in the overall program. This type of course can last from 90 minutes to 4 hours, depending upon the curriculum for the course (i.e., just an intro to beacon training in the field).

Second, is Level 1-Module 1-Classroom and this course is the first of the three modules that complete the Level 1 program. This first module course lasts from 12 to 13 hours, with pre-class homework, and is a senior elective. It also qualifies you to take Module 2 &/or 3. The total three module-based program last 4 days and can be taught in different locations for the classroom, field and rescue sessions.

Over the last few years in addition to teaching and being in support of the Level I and Level II courses in Colorado, Utah, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont, some of our instructors also attended the National Avalanche School (NAS) & International Snow Sciences Workshop (ISSW). The Central Division Education Staff is some of the best qualified in the NSP, so try to attend one of their classes and learn the skills they have to pass on.

Central Division Avalanche Website

For more information or to request course contact information for Central Division Events, please contact Central Division Avalanche Education Supervisor Dale Mihuta.

National Ski Patrol Avalanche Website

Additional Links:

American Avalanche Association/AAA 

Colorado Avalanche Information Center/CAIC

Back Country Access – BCA’s website

Mt. Washington Avalanche Center/MWAC

National Avalanche School/NAS

Utah Avalanche Center/UAC