CVA Avalanche Education Program
Each fall, all CVA athletes attend the BRASS 101 avalanche awareness course. Though we do not see avalanches right here at Sugarloaf, our athletes often experience bigger mountain ranges when they travel for training and competition. This presentation and training is designed to give our athletes a basic understanding of how avalanches occur, where they can happen, how to avoid them, and how to read a professional avalanche forecast to stay out of harm's way.
Throughout the year, our coaches and athletes have access to the knowledge and expertise of our Backcountry Skiing program for any questions or concerns about avalanche safety that might come up when traveling abroad.
Backcountry Academy Program Avalanche Training
Avalanche education is at the forefront of our Backcountry program. Having an understanding of avalanche mechanics, interpreting weather and avalanche forecasts, navigating in the avalanche terrain, assessing current snow conditions, and being able to perform a rescue are all building blocks of knowing how to travel in the big mountains safely. Our athletes get experience with these areas in spades.
All athletes complete a minimum American Avalanche Association - approved Level 1 course. Some of our senior athletes who show interest or are planning to spend more time in the mountains after CVA, will also take the Level 2 course.
Our athletes and coaches understand that the learning doesn't stop after you take a course. The formal course is actually just a snapshot of the learning and experience that happens throughout the rest of the year. It provides our athletes with a concrete foundation for roughly 50 or 60 backcountry days over the course of a winter season. During this time in the backcountry, our athletes are getting experience making decisions, planning routes, navigating, and evaluating the snowpack, under the mentorship of our professional coaching and guiding team who hold certifications including:
Professional Avalanche Level 2
Professional Avalanche Level 1
American Avalanche Association Pro Member
AMGA Apprentice Ski Guide
AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
Wilderness First Responder
Outdoor Emergency Care