Motorized Level 1: March 8, 9, 10 in South Lake Tahoe

Please do not register if you are not sure you can attend! If you register and bail, you'll prevent someone else from having this opportunity.

This class is free, thanks to grants from the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission. 

Course Summary

This 24 hour course provides an introduction to avalanche risk management for motorized users. Learning will occur through a mix of classroom and field practice, with an emphasis on field practice whenever possible. This course follows the guidelines for Recreational Level I Avalanche Training as established by the American Avalanche Association.


8am-5pm Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The first two days are likely to begin indoors and transition into the field by mid to late morning. The third day is likely to be entirely in the field. Instructors will communicate specific plans prior to and throughout the class, including information on classroom and field locations.

Participants must:

  • Have the ability to ride off-trail in variable conditions.
  • Bring a functioning beacon, shovel, and probe. Essential gear must be worn/carried on self, and not in tunnel bag. An extra shovel in tunnel bag is recommended.
  • Wear a DOT approved helmet and weather-appropriate gear.
  • Be 18 years or older.
  • Ride a reliable, well maintained machine, capable of off-trail travel. Machines must be insured and registered with visible registration markings. Spare belts and repair kits are strongly recommended.
  • Read the provided text and complete assigned readings.
  • Bring a radio capable of operating on FRS/GMRS frequencies.

Required Text and Materials:

  • The SAC Daily Flow, by the Sierra Avalanche Center. A digital copy of this book will be emailed, and paper copy provided on the first day of class.
  • Handouts as provided.


Attendance and participation in the full class is mandatory. 


This class opens for registration on 1/28 at 8am, so prior to that you can complete your liability release and participant information documents, but you won't be able to upload them or register until 1/28. Once registration opens, you'll see a registration form below that only accepts one registration per person. Don't forget to hit the "SAVE REGISTRATION" button at the bottom of the page!!! If there's no registration form below, either registration hasn't opened yet, or the class is already full (they fill very quickly). Some people may start the registration process, but get a "Sorry, registrations are no longer available" message. This means that the class filled during the time you took to register. As the class dates approach, there is often some turnover, so check back here for openings - indicated by a registration form below this message. This is the last of 5 classes being offered this winter.

Event Date: 
Friday, March 8, 2019 to Sunday, March 10, 2019