115. Introduction to Snow Science and Avalanches

Introduction to Snow Science and Avalanches-This course taking place in January integrates theory with scientific technical skill on a unique field expedition in a mountain range in North America. Students learn the foundation principles of snow science and avalanche study through readings, classroom learning and field experience, and explore the relationship between human behavior and decision-making, and how it affects snow pack stability. Topics include snow science, mountain weather, geology, avalanche search and rescue, backcountry travel, and the human-nature interaction and relationship in a mountainous winter environment, as well as backcountry wilderness skills necessary to recreate, travel, and study safely in a mountainous winter environment.