Item: Avalanche schools in the u.s.a.
Title: Avalanche schools in the u.s.a.
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1980 International Snow Science Workshop, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Authors: Rod Newcomb, American Avalanche Institute, Wilson, N.Y.
Abstract: The National Avalanche School was established in 1971. Currently, courses are held every other year. The Courses are divided into two phases, the classroom session held during the first week of November and the field sessions held during the winter in various localities. The instructors include-many of the persons active in snow research and management in the U.S. The American Avalanche Institute was established in 1974 by Rod Newcomb with the help of Norm Wilson. There were 100 participants the first year; 317 during the winter of 1979-80. If the courses are filled in the winter of 1980-81, there will be 420 participants. The curriculum includes both classroom and field work. The field groups are small: the instructor-participant ratio is one instructor to seven or eight participants. Instructors represent the entire spectrum of avalanche workers, from the field person active in control work to the scientist.
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Keywords: avalanche school, avalanche institute, avalanche education
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