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    Upcoming Avalanche classes by Mike Duffy. MI, WI, MN, IL, ND

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    Upcoming Avalanche classes by Mike Duffy. MI, WI, MN, IL, ND
    Posted by avalanche1 on Friday, November 25, 2011 4:05 PM

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    Avalanche education for mountain riders.


    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,  and AVPRO. Mountain Snowmobiler for 20 years.  Provided avalanche education for Arctic Cat, Polaris and Ski-Doo. Member American Avalanche Association.  Trained by ABS, 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/trigger points/escape routes/islands of safety.
    -Preparing for your trip.

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


    Upcoming classes:


    December 13 Chicago

    location: Lions Club 500 Filmore St.  Elburn, IL 60119

                    Time: Tuesday 6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $40 Cash or check at time of class.

                    Sign up: Call Chad 630-675-1053 or email:



    December 3 Grand Rapids

    location: Fox Shawmut Hills 2807 Lake Michigan Dr.  Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

                    Time: Saturday 3pm-7pm.

                    Cost:  $49

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


    November 30 Monticello

    location: Moon Motorsports 3613 Chelsea Road West Monticello, MN 55362

                    Time: Wednesday 6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $49

                    Sign up: Call Shane Stieve 763-295-2920 or email:


    December1 Marshall

    location: Action Sports  301 S. Hwy 23 Marshall, MN 56258

                    Time: Thursday 6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $49

                    Sign up: Call Jim Swenson 507-532-9649 or email:


    December 2 Stillwater

    location: Century Power Sports 5920 Memorial Ave N  Stillwater, MN 55082

                    Time: Friday 6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $49

                    Sign up: Call Kory 888-687-1697 or email:


    December 12 Amboy

    location: Trailside Sports 217 East Main  Amboy, MN 56010

                    Time: Monday 6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $49

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


    December 16 Delano

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

                    Time: Friday 6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $49

                    Sign up: Call Greg 763-972-2677 or email:


    North Dakota:

    November 28 or 29 Fargo

    location: UMotors 217 38th St South.  Fargo, ND.  (New location. Next to Corwin Honda)

                    Time: Monday 6pm-10pm or Tuesday 6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $49

                    Sign up: Email:  or call 701-232-5000



    December 15 Marshfield

    location: Power Pac Inc.  3802 S. Central Ave Marshfield, WI 54449

                    Time: Thursday  6pm-10pm.

                    Cost:  $49

                    Sign up: Call Michael Trulen 800-232-0293 or email:






    Take the class with your riding partners.


    On the snow avalanche rescue classes in CO, WY, MN and MI. 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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