Time and Date: 12 pm, November, 9 2016:
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Location: MSU Campus, SUB Ballroom A


Mountains and Minds, captures perfectly the nexus between our high caliber academic programs at MSU and the attraction of Bozeman’s unique location. Many students chose MSU because of the combination of access to a high quality education and outstanding winter recreation. Focus is on processes and performance in avalanche terrain. This workshop allows the opportunity to place your hands on some of the best technology available.



#1. Class: November 30 & December 1, Field: December 3 or December 4

#2. Class: January 18 & January 19, Field: January 21 or January 22

Cost: Intro $30 / Advanced $50

Location: Bridger Bowl

Intro to Avalanches with Field Course ($30) lectures are held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, with the field course on Saturday at Bridger Bowl. To participate in Advanced Avalanche with Field Course ($50) students need a basic knowledge of avalanche terrain, weather factors that contribute to avalanches, and the development and relationship between slabs and weak layers. Therefore, each student should have taken the equivalent of our Introduction to Avalanches with Field Course.

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Dates: December 3 - December 4 and February 25 - February 26 (Two Separate Courses)

Cost: 2 Days / $125 

Location: Hyalite Canyon

Montana Alpine Guides will join us for a course in Hyalite Canyon, one of the premiere ice climbing destinations in the United States right here in our backyard. Course will cover the fundamentals of ice climbing so that you can get out and enjoy this exciting sport on your own! All courses are one evening followed by two full days.

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80 Hour Course (30 Online/60 in class)

Dates: January 2 - January 6

Cost: $626

Location: MSU Campus

Desert Mountain Medicine’s WFR course is a very engaging curriculum and is designed to be realistic, stimulating and hands-on. The class itself is 80 hours, delivered in a hybrid format of online and in-person work. It will be held on campus at a discounted price for students. This class encompasses patient stabilization to improvised litters and is quickly becoming regarded as the minimal standard for guides, outdoor educators, search and rescue personnel and individuals who work in a wilderness or remote settings.

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Dates January 14 - January 16

Cost: 3 Days /$275

Location: Bozeman Area

We are proud to partner with Beartooth Powder Guides to put on a Level 1 Avalanche Training. During the 3 days, participants will be exposed to techniques and skills required to be a competent backcountry partner. This will include a combination of lectures and field sessions, where students will get hands-on experience in learning about snowpack layering, terrain management, weather elements, decision making and rescue skills. We will initially begin at the Outdoor Rec. Shop and make our way into the field after we cover a series of lectures. Course includes: permits, instruction and certification. Discounted rentals for class. (Limited availability.)

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Dates: February 17 - February 20

Cost: $275

Location: COOKE CITY

With our local professional partners we will travel to beautiful, wild and remote Cooke City, Mt. The class will largely consist of traveling up, down and around the mountains surrounding the Woody Creek cabin to demonstrate proper decision making techniques for traveling in avalanche terrain safely and efficiently. Completion of a Basic or Level 1 Avalanche Course is a prerequisite for all participants. A great confidence builder for those interested in expanding their backcountry travel knowledge and skills set. Course cost includes transportation, lodging, instruction and permits.

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Dates: March 13 - March 18

Cost: $725 (Includes Course and Assessment)

Location: MOAB

Join us as we travel to beautiful Moab Utah to participate in an AMGA Single Pitch Instructor Course. The American Mountain Guides (AMGA) Single Pitch Instructor Course is the first in the sequence of climbing instructor and guide training programs. Our Professional Partner, Red River Adventures, will host our course. This is a great way to transition from a capable recreational climber to an effective climbing instructor. The SPI course is intended for recreational climbers who are already proficient in both top-rope and lead climbing. Each of our SPI courses is led by an IFMGA certified Guide and member of the Instructor Pool for the advanced level AMGA courses.

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Dates: May 13 - May 15

Cost : $285


We are proud to partner with Swiftwater Safety Institute from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. to offer Swiftwater Rescue Training. This course teaches river rescue techniques with regard to limited resources in a wilderness setting. This three-day, 24 hour, course meets the needs of professional river guides as well as USFS and BLM employees. Recreational river runners or anyone finding themselves working on or near moving water will gain valuable techniques in dealing with water hazards and emergencies.

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