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  • Title: American Avalanche Association
    Descriptive info: .. The Organization of US Avalanche Professionals.. membership.. Join the AAA.. Online Payment.. Ethics.. Awards.. store.. education.. Recreational and Guide Training.. av.. org course provider listings.. course progression.. course guidelines.. Snow Safety Professional Training.. NAS.. AVPro (advanced training).. Certified Instructor Program.. publications.. The Avalanche Review.. TAR archives.. SWAG Observational Guidelines.. Avalanche Library.. LaChapelle Library.. grants.. Research.. AVPro Scholarships.. Pro Development.. resources.. Employment Listings.. WWAN/avalanche.. org.. Grants.. org Course Provider Listings.. Useful Links.. Downloadable Forms.. about.. Officers.. Mission.. Support the AAA.. donate.. ::.. Become a Member.. Membership Renewal.. Shop AAA Products.. SWAG.. avalanche.. ISSW.. Past and Present.. AVPro.. , February 25 - March 4, 2014 Lake Tahoe, CA/NV (North Shore).. Professional Development.. October 4, 2013: CSAW, Colorado Snow and Avalanche Workshop, Leadville, CO.. October 12, 2013: NRASW, Northern Rockies Avalanche Safety Workshop,  ...   9, 2013: Southeast Alaska Avalanche Workshop, Juneau, AK.. Spring, 2014: Sawtooth Avalanche Center Avalanche Workshop, Sun Valley, ID.. Spring, 2014: Gallatin National Forecast Avalanche Workshop, Bozeman, MT.. April, 2014: Sierra Avalanche Center Avalanche Workshop, Lake Tahoe, CA.. GOVERNING BOARD / ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING.. 2012 Recap Handout from Fall 2012 Annual Membership Meeting.. Governing Board, November 1, 2013, Salt Lake City area.. Annual Membership, Fall 2013, TBA.. WINTER 2013 MEMBERSHIP SURVEY.. Preliminary Results.. The American Avalanche Association (AAA) is comprised of a collective group of dedicated professionals engaged in the study, forecasting, control and mitigation of snow avalanches.. Association membership includes qualified researchers, professional avalanche forecasters, educators, guides, snow safety officers, snow rangers and qualified ski patrollers, technicians and specialists.. americanavalancheassociation.. All rights reserved.. Contact.. website by.. Nimbus Creative Group.. 5B Technologies..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association
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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Membership
    Descriptive info: Categories and Application Guidelines.. APPLICATIONS.. New Membership Application.. Avalanche Instructor Certification Application.. These applications are interactive PDF format.. Download, complete and email to AAA.. See application for full instructions.. MEMBERSHIP.. Why join the American Avalanche Association?.. Because the American Avalanche Association is dedicated to you, the avalanche professionals and member affiliates.. Committed to providing you with information on the latest advances in avalanche research, forecasting, control techniques and other topics of concern to the professional such as avalanche incidents, rescue dogs, beacons, guidelines, litigation and education.. Your affiliation with the AAA creates opportunity.. Members are recognized by employers (who are usually AAA members, themselves) as motivated and well informed.. The AAA is dedicated to you, the avalanche professionals and members.. Avalanche Industry Contacts.. With only a very few exceptions, AAA membership includes every Professional Ski Patrol Director, Snow Safety Director, Avalanche Forecaster and Avalanche Consultant in the U.. S.. Our membership also  ...   evaluation, control techniques, educational opportunities, news of the AAA, avalanche professionals and the world avalanche industry.. Collective awareness, concern, and voice with industry issues.. Standards, legislation, and research opportunities affecting avalanche professionals are monitored and influenced.. Develop and provide US snow, weather and avalanche guidelines (SWAG).. Education and Scholarship.. The AAA develops avalanche course guidelines, provides professional development opportunities like avalanche educator seminars and the AAA Avalanche Explosives Workshop.. We maintain a list of academies where the study of snow avalanche technology is available.. AAA provides support to the International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW), which is held every 2 years.. ISSW provides a venue for showcasing recent research and practical developments in the avalanche world.. It is also an excellent networking opportunity.. The AAA has several scholarship programs.. E-mail the AAA Executive Director at aaa@avalanche.. org for details.. The AAA has an annual grant program for researchers and practioners.. See our research page..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Ethics
    Descriptive info: Avalanche Course Progression.. AAA Guidelines for US Avalanche Education.. Members of the American Avalanche Association acknowledge their responsibilities to the organization and their profession and subscribe to this code of ethics to guide them in their practices as avalanche professionals and shall:.. Hold above all the public trust and reputation of their profession, perform services only in the areas of their competence and strive to enhance their qualifications through continuing education, professional and technical development,.. Issue public statements only in an objective and truthful manner and endeavor to extend public knowledge to promote understandings of the achievements of avalanche sciences;.. Act in professional matters for each client or employer as faithful agents or trustees and avoid conflict of interest;.. Build their professional reputations on the merit of their services and not compete unfairly with others; and.. Conduct their practices in accordance with this code  ...   resumes and in any advertising.. This information is listed below.. Individuals may use the AAA logo and name in the manner listed.. Each use must clearly represent an individual or individuals, not an entire business or school.. Avalanche Schools may list individual classes as being taught by AAA Certified Instructors or advertise adhering to Level 1 and 2 AAA Guidelines.. The name or logo cannot be used on its own without a qualifier such as professional member or member affiliate.. The logo without a qualifier is exclusively for use by AAA for AAA applications only.. Pro Members: Professional Member AAA.. Member Affiliate: Member of AAA.. Certified Instructor: Certified Instructor AAA.. All Members: Please register your use with the Executive Director at and he will send you the jpeg files in high resolution.. Exceptions will be considered by the Governing Board on a case-by-case basis..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Awards
    Descriptive info: American Avalanche Association Memorial List.. Petition of Awards Nomination Form.. For further information about the awards and procedures,.. click here.. Contact Awards Chair.. In order to recognize and encourage outstanding service and contribution to our mission, the AAA has established an awards program.. Awards criteria and past recipients are detailed below.. Honorary Membership.. This is the highest award bestowed by the American Avalanche Association.. It is given annually or less frequently, to a person who has distinguished themselves by special achievement in the field of snow avalanches.. The purpose of this award is to bring honor to the awardees, to provide inspiration to the membership, and to emphasize the programs to which the Association is dedicated.. The number of awards will be restricted so as not to include more than 20 living individuals at any one time.. Candidates need not be an AAA member though membership is customary.. 2012.. Jill Fredston.. 2010.. Mark B.. Moore.. 2009.. Dan Judd and Daniel "Howie" Howlett.. 2008.. Don Bachman.. Knox Williams.. 2006.. Art Judson.. 2004.. Rod Newcomb.. 2002.. Doug Fessler.. 2000.. Sam Colbeck.. Bob Brown.. 1998.. Sue Ferguson (Deceased).. 1996.. Peter Schaerer.. 1995.. John Montagne (Deceased).. 1992.. Dick Reuter.. 1991.. Dale Gallagher (Deceased).. 1990.. Norm Wilson (Deceased).. 1989.. Ed LaChapelle (Deceased).. 1987.. Monty  ...   Johnson.. David W.. Lovejoy.. Karl Birkeland.. Randy Elliott.. Bruce Tremper.. Tom Kimbrough.. Liam Fitzgerald.. 1997.. Jim Hackett (Posthumously).. Binx Sandahl (Deceased).. Larry Heywood.. 1994.. Bernie Kingery (Posthumously).. Honorary Fellowship Award.. The honorees are recognized by their peers in the AAA for significant contribution to avalanche-related programs in countries other than the United States and, in general, for communicating their work to those in the U.. so that those contributions may be shared for common benefit.. Membership in the AAA is not a prerequisite to candidacy for this award.. Christine Pielmeier.. Juerg Schweizer.. Paul Foehn.. Horst Schaffhauser.. Kayou Fukuyama.. (No award given).. Kartsein Lied.. Paval A.. Chernouss.. Tsutomu Tom Nakamura.. David McClung.. Hansueli Gubler.. Andre Roch (Deceased).. Ron Perla.. Hans Frutiger.. Walter Good.. Geoff Freer.. Special Service Award.. Recognizes specific and outstanding achievement in the service of North American snow avalanche activity.. Generally the Governing Board will initiate the nomination and approval process.. It is not necessary that the recipient be a member of AAA, but that has generally been the case.. billy barr.. Chris Landry.. 2007.. Jerry Nunn (Deceased).. Pete Peters.. Don Sharaf.. John Simms.. Ethan Greene.. (no award given).. Steve Conger.. Alan Dennis.. Bruce Jamieson.. Betsy Armstrong.. Robin Faisant.. 1993.. Knox Williams.. Stan Bones.. Greg Mace (Posthumously).. Chris Stethem..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Online Store
    Descriptive info: Store is now open! Clothing is now purchased through.. thebackcountry.. net.. When you click on a clothing image you will be automatically transferred to thebackcountry.. Obs Guidelines is purchased through AAA as always.. Fleece Vest.. Microfleece Zip-T.. Logo Hoodie.. T-Shirt.. Baseball Hat.. Visor.. Truckers Hat.. Obs.. Guidelines..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Education
    Descriptive info: Guidelines History.. Are You a Course Provider?.. Grants Scholarships.. AAA Education Committee Mission Statement.. To provide for, promote, and support avalanche education in the United States.. The AAA Education Committee is composed of a diverse group of Avalanche educators from many regions of the United States representing small, mid-size, and large avalanche education organizations including non-profit schools, government,  ...   the avalanche education industry and embrace continually evolving knowledge and educational experience.. AAA guidelines and goals represent a professional standard for educational courses available to a broad range of audiences.. Please contact the AAA Education Committee with any input you might have.. COMMITTEE CHAIR.. Kirk Bachman.. MEMBERS.. Sarah Carpenter.. Dallas Glass.. Brian Lazar.. David Lovejoy.. Brad Sawtell.. Jake Urban..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Course Provider Listings
    Descriptive info: ::.. Course Provider Listing Instructions.. Course Provider Listing And Agreement Form.. Course Guidelines.. Course Progression.. Course Providers.. Course Providers Appeal Procedures.. Course Provider Listing and Compliance To AAA Guidelines.. for US Avalanche Education.. The American Association of Avalanche Professionals, Inc.. , d/b/a the American Avalanche Association ( AAA ) believes that avalanche education can be more thoughtfully, consistently and responsibly conducted, and can achieve more constructive outcomes for students, when course providers and avalanche instructors in the United States strive to embrace common guidelines and practices.. Representatives of course providers who are listed at the AAA and Avalanche.. org websites are professional AAA members who have reviewed and completed the Course Provider Self- Evaluation and Listing Agreement Terms, where, among other things, they represent to AAA they run programs consistent with AAA guidelines for avalanche education in the United States.. Guidelines for Avalanche Education.. Download Course Provider Listing Instructions in.. pdf format.. Course Provider Self-Evaluation and Listing Agreement Terms for submission to AAA.. Getting Your Courses Listed.. Carefully review AAA Guidelines for Avalanche Education in the US and determine whether the courses your organization offers meet content and outcomes and instructor standards for that level of training.. Complete the downloadable form for Course Provider Self-Evaluation and Listing Agreement Terms (This pdf form must be filled out and saved using Adobe Reader-preferably 9.. 4, which can be.. downloaded here.. for free).. Submit your Syllabi for each level of training you wish to have listed.. (pdf or Word.. doc) Examples: Awareness, Companion Rescue,  ...   wish to have listed.. If you want to drop courses from your listing, please contact AAA so that we can drop that course from your listing.. It is critical for both listed course providers and AAA that we keep your listing current and up-to-date!.. The AAA Education Committee oversees the listing of avalanche education course providers on the AAA and avalanche.. org websites, but the Committee and AAA do not oversee or control the conduct of a course provider s business or programming.. Please contact the AAA at 970-946-0822 or aaa@avalanche.. org if you have any questions about the listing process.. The AAA Ethics Committee handles grievances.. The purpose of listing course providers on our websites is as a public service to promote avalanche education by providing a critical link for the recreating public to increase their knowledge and awareness of avalanche hazards.. In addition, the listing can assist individuals and organizations in connecting with avalanche education programs in their geographic region.. AAA does not differentiate between any listed course providers or their programs nor do we ensure safety or certify operational standards for any listed providers.. In addition, we do not oversee, control or warrant the character or quality of listed course providers businesses or programs and are not responsible for the content of their specific courses or programs.. Please see the.. AAA Education Guidelines Purpose and Disclaimer.. and go to our website.. http://www.. avalanche.. org/education.. php.. and click on any state to view the participating course providers and our Statement..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Course Progression
    Descriptive info: AAA Avalanche Course Guidelines..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - Guidelines for U.S. Avalanche Education
    Descriptive info: American Avalanche Association Guidelines for U.. Avalanche Education.. Download Course Guidelines in.. pdf format.. Download Snowmobile Specific Course Guidelines in.. Click on program for more information.. Avalanche Awareness.. Introduction to Avalanches.. Introduction to Avalanches Field Course.. Companion Rescue Clinic.. Level 1: Avalanche Fundamentals.. Level 1 Refresher: Avalanche Skills Advancement Workshop (ASAW).. Level 2: Avalanche Processes Leadership.. AV Pro: Advanced Professional Avalanche Training.. Level 3: Advanced Avalanche Education.. Audience.. Recommended outcomes.. Recommended content.. Recommended prerequisites.. Recommended format.. Recommended performance measures.. Recommended Instructor qualifications Student:inst.. ratio.. Interested public.. Awareness of avalanche hazards.. General information about avalanche hazard, how to avoid it, and proper equipment for traveling in avalanche terrain.. None.. 1 2 hr.. Knowledgeable and entertaining.. Any winter backcountry user.. May be adapted for groups like Public Safety, Search rescue, Snowmobilers, etc.. Recognize avoid obvious avalanche hazard.. Understand and apply current avalanche advisory.. A brief introduction to.. Avalanche statistics and human factors.. Avalanche terminology.. Avalanche terrain.. Snow pack and weather factors.. Obvious clues and red flags.. Avalanche bulletins.. Simple decision tools (ALP TRUTh, RYG Light etc.. ).. Travel protocols.. Companion recovery.. 2-3 hr presentation.. Member Affiliate AAA or higher.. Recognize avoid avalanche terrain.. Understand how layered snow contributes to avalanching.. Understand basic companion rescue.. Field examples hands on training.. Avalanche terrain and terrain traps.. Basic route selection.. Snow pack layering.. Current snowpack conditions and weather effects (bulletin).. Companion recovery including probing, shoveling, beacon use.. 7 hrs field.. Attendance participation.. Primary Instructor: Member Affiliate AAA or higher.. Assistants: Sufficient personal experience.. Maximum 7:1.. Wear operate an avalanche beacon.. Perform a mock companion recovery including single and multiple burial search.. Hands on training.. Importance of beacon skills (burial time-survival statistics).. Beacon operation and search principles.. Demonstration and practice of initial, secondary, and pinpoint search.. Rescue practice scenarios including group management, probing shoveling.. Overview of first aid and emergency skills needed in actual rescues.. 4 hrs field.. Sufficient personal experience.. *[Format and teaching tips available].. Maximum 8:1.. Current and aspiring backcountry travel companions.. Apply the current avalanche bulletin in tour planning and travel.. Select a safe route and minimize exposure using travel protocols.. Recognize instabilities in the snowpack using observations and tests.. Interpret and draw elementary pit profiles.. (Hand hardness, basic grain type and stability tests).. Apply simple decision tools in avalanche terrain.. Conduct a mock companion recovery.. Avalanche types and anatomy.. Basic slab mechanics.. Terrain.. Terrain evaluation and route selection.. Travel protocols group communication.. Snowpack and Weather.. Mountain snowpack development leading to instability or stability.. Field observations, tests and judging instability.. Use of avalanche snow pit tools: inclinometer, compass, probe, saw.. Introduce elementary pit diagrams with hand hardness profiles, basic grain type symbols and stability tests.. Expose to recording field notes.. Avalanche snow climates.. Decision-support Tools.. Human factors and the need for systematic decision tools.. Application limitations of decision tools.. Rescue.. Companion rescue including scene size up, organization, beacon use, probing, shoveling.. Recovery of victims not wearing beacons.. Common mistakes in avalanche rescue.. Single and multiple beacon search techniques.. Role of first aid and emergency response in real avalanche rescues.. Critique: Recommendations for further skills development, preparation for Level 2 training.. No formal prerequisites.. Strongly Recommended:.. Winter Travel and First Aid Skills.. Introduction to Avalanches programs.. Course provider s recommended reading.. 24 hours.. Minimum 60% field.. Primary or lead instructor: AAA Pro Member.. Assistants: AAA Member Affiliates Continuing education within previous 4 years.. Instructors must be excellent role models for  ...   Full test profile (pit) practice.. Rescue.. Group and complex rescue leadership.. Practice scenarios.. Human factors.. Instructors integrate human factor awareness and mitigation in all aspects of L2 program.. Accomplished by instructor modeling, case studies and discussion.. Critique, review, and examine next steps in education for individual students.. Level 1 or Level 1 Refresher in last 5 years.. Level 1 cannot be taken in.. the same season as Level 2.. 32 hours.. Instructor critique of field performance: route selection, stability assessment, group management and rescue skills.. Written exam is optional.. Primary or lead instructor should be an AAA Certified Instructor or all of the following:.. Has taught 3 or more L2s.. 2 letters recommendation to AAA education committee, (see education web pages for details).. Completed a L3, CAA L2 or AVPro.. Minimum 4 winters of professional leadership in avalanche terrain,.. Continuing education within previous 4 years.. Assistants: AAA professional.. member.. Instructors must provide timely and effective coaching.. Current or aspiring avalanche professionals.. See AAA website.. Level 2 or Nat l Avalanche School Phase 1 2 or equivalent.. 80 hours.. Primary Instructors: AAA Certified Instructors.. Guest instructors may have varying backgrounds.. Advanced recreationists, current or aspiring professionals.. Determined by provider for a focused topic.. Focused topics determined by provider, may include: Guiding, forecasting, ski area operations, highway, mountain meteorology, etc.. Level 2 or equivalent, Link to AMGA, CAA, etc.. See provider.. AAA Guidelines Purpose and Disclaimer of Liability.. The purpose of the AAA Guidelines for U.. Avalanche Education ( Guidelines ) is to provide a general benchmark for skill progressions between different levels of avalanche education, for the public s benefit.. AAA believes that avalanche education can be more thoughtfully, consistently, and responsibly conducted and can achieve more constructive outcomes for students when course providers and avalanche instructors in the United States strive to embrace common guidelines and practices.. In developing and issuing these Guidelines, AAA does not intend to act as - or become - a regulatory body for the avalanche industry.. Compliance with the AAA Guidelines does not guarantee that a course provider s courses or programs will be safe, or that participation in that course or program will be free from harm.. In choosing to voluntarily engage in avalanche courses or programs or recreate in outdoor, backcountry and/or wilderness settings, individuals must understand that they accept and assume the inherent risks of these activities.. AAA does not oversee, control or warrant the character or quality of any individual or entity s avalanche programs, including those of any listed course providers, and is not responsible for the content of their specific courses or programs.. Those interested in taking avalanche courses from course providers listed on AAA s website or otherwise, should independently investigate and assess these course providers and their specific courses and programs.. The American Association for Avalanche Professionals, Inc.. , d/b/a the American Avalanche Association, and its officers, directors, employees, agents, volunteers and representatives, including those individuals who assist in managing our websites at americanavalancheassociation.. org and avalanche.. org (collectively AAA ), disclaim all duty, responsibility or liability (including for negligence) to any individuals or entities for any injury, death or other loss resulting from any cause, including losses caused, or claimed to be caused, in whole or in part, because an individual or entity, including a listed course provider, adhered to or failed to comply with - any aspect of the AAA Guidelines..

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  • Title: American Avalanche Association - AVPRO Education Courses
    Descriptive info: DOWNLOADABLE FORMS.. Course Description.. Frequently Asked Questions.. Application.. Equipment List.. Scholarship Description.. Scholarship Applicaton.. Pre-Course Preparation.. Sample Itinerary.. Professional Avalanche Worker School.. DATES.. February 25 - March 4, 2014 Lake Tahoe, CA/NV (North Shore).. DESCRIPTION.. Download Flyer 1.. Download Flyer 2.. This is a comprehensive professional course aimed at all levels of avalanche workers.. It introduces the Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Guidelines of the American Avalanche Association (2004) and sets a proficiency standard of education for the U.. avalanche community.. Sixty percent of the course will be conducted in the field with the remaining forty percent of the course in the classroom.. The course is intensive; eight days long and each day will be between nine and eleven hours of instruction.. This course will provide expert instruction designed to provide participants the opportunity to become accurate and efficient  ...   and beacon use will be extensively practiced, and participants will be brought to a higher level and expected to meet a standard.. Additionally, the course will provide an overview into highly organized avalanche control programs (both at ski areas and highways), and provide industry norm instruction into avalanche control practices.. This course will benefit a large audience including: forecast center avalanche observers, ski patrollers, ski guides, search and rescue coordinators/trainers, highway technicians, and experienced recreationists who want to pursue a career in the avalanche realm.. Instructors will be chosen from a pool of AAA Certified Instructors including some of the best practitioners and researchers in the avalanche industry.. This course will have a pass/fail format with final evaluations being given at the end of the course.. There will be course pre-work and assignments.. Questions?.. Please contact Dallas Glass at..

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