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    Upcoming avalanche classes in MI, MN, SD, ND

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    • From: Eagle, CO
    Upcoming avalanche classes in MI, MN, SD, ND
    Posted by avalanche1 on Saturday, November 27, 2010 3:56 PM

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    Four Hour Avalanche Classes
    Specifically for snowmobilers

    Classes are effective, proven and affordable.  

    Learn: How to avoid the most deadly mistakes, what equipment works best, how to rescue effectively, evaluate terrain, avoid terrain traps, analyze stability, survive the night out and increase your skills in the mountains.


    All participants

    receive a discount on avalanche gear.

    Cost  $49.   Must sign up in advance, limited space.

    Take the class with those you ride with.

    Four hour avalanche awareness, avoidance and rescue class.

    Instructor: Mike Duffy. Level I & II Avalanche instructor Colorado Mountain College, rescue/avalanche team leader/avalanche mission coordinator Vail Mountain Rescue Group, instructor Walter Kirch Avalanche Seminars, graduate of National Avalanche School, National Academy of Winter Guiding, AVPRO. Mountain Snowmobiler for 20 years.  Member American Avalanche Association.  Trained by BCA, Snowpulse, and Ortovox.


    Course content:
    -Introduction to avalanches, statistics, contributing factors.
    -Avalanche reports.
    -Signs of instability/stability analysis.

           -What to carry and what works best.
    -Avalanche beacons.

           -Fast and effective single and multiple burial searches.
           -Avalanche survival methods

           -Deploying avalanche airbag packs
           -Effective hasty search techniques.
           -Mistakes in rescue.
    -Group Dynamics/heuristics.
    -Slide show: Terrain Evaluation/terrain traps.
    -Preparing for your trip.

    -What to do if lost or injured.
    -Stability tests.


    Upcoming classes:


    December 12 Grand Rapids

                    location: Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront  270 Ann St  Grand Rapids, MI 49504

                    Time: 3:00-7:00pm Sunday.

                    Sign up: Call Ron  616-240-4611 or email:



    December 2 Sauk Centre

                    location: Centre Sports 43164 Co Rd 112 North Hwy 71 Sauk Centre, MN 56378 877-246-7898

                    Time: 6:00-10:00pm Thursday.

                    Sign up: Call Mark 320-351-7669


    December 3 Stillwater

                    location: Century Power Sports 5920 Memorial Ave N Stillwater, MN 55082 (Hwy 36 & Hwy 5)

                    Time: 6:00-10:00pm Friday.

                    Sign up:

    December 13 St Francis

                    location: TBA

                    Time: 6:00-10:00pm Monday.

                    Sign up:

    December 16 Amboy (near Mankato)

    location: Amboy Snowbirds clubhouse across street from Trail Side Sports 217 E. Main Amboy, MN 56010.

                    Time: 6:00-10:00pm Thursday.

                    Sign up: Bruce 507-674-3667 or email:

    December 17 Delano

                    location: Delano Sports Center 820 Babcock W (Hwy 12) Delano, MN 55328

                    Time:6:00pm-10:00pm Friday

                    Sign up:   Greg Nagle 763-972-2677


    North Dakota:

     December 1 Fargo

                    location: UMotors 3525 38th St SW Fargo, ND 58104  1-877-232-5003

                    Time: 6-10pm Wednesday

                    Sign up: Call Jill 701-232-5000 or

    South Dakota: 

     November 30 Aberdeen

                    location: Ramada Convention Center 2727 6th Ave S.E.  Aberdeen, SD 57401

                    Time: 6-10pm  Tuesday

                    Sign up: Call First Place Parts:  1-800-396-7034



    Take the class with your riding partners.


    On the snow rescue classes in CO, WY, MN and WI (starting in December. Prerequisite is 4 hour avalanche awareness, avoidance and rescue class).

    Details will be posted on:




    If you want a class in your area, please contact:

    Mike Duffy 970-390-9433                                 Eagle, Colorado




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