Intro Class - Northern Colorado
Intro Class - Denver Area
Northern Colorado Intro Course
High Country Snowmobile Club - Intro Course
Saturday night class /Sunday on snow
High Country Snowmobile Club - Intro Course
Friday night class /Saturday on snow
Steamboat Powersports - Intro Course
Wilderness Ranch - Intro Class
Level 1 ITC - Instructor training class
What an exciting year. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (A.I.A.R.E.) has been working with several people/groups in North America, including Tylers Backcountry Awareness, on a project aimed to deliever a motorized specific circiulum that follows A.A.A. guildlines and is uniform across the America's. Until now, the only curriculum available has been a modified ski class and there is always some diviation on how to present good information to the riders. You could take a class in the Tetons and follow up with higher level learning in San Jauns and get courses that did not nessacerilly flow from one to another.
The program has been 2 years in the making and has started to gain steam. With a list of students that reads much like the back of this years latest sled films, a set of top notch riders that offer skills based programs from the Western states including Alaska and some of our northern neighbors form Canada. Many of the students are viewed as world class riders. They will come into the program as students and help finalize the circiulum. At the end of 3 days we will obtain invaluable input on how to better our education programs and 10 motor specific educators. These students will now be able to go home and offer Level 1 training via their skills classes.
From the A.IA.R.E website - Instructor Training Courses
Instructor Training Courses (ITC’s) are designed for continued professional development and act as an information exchange for current and aspiring outdoor educators. If you’re interested in sharing ideas and concepts in avalanche education, the AIARE ITC’s offer a forum to meet with other instructors. Guest speakers bring diverse perspectives and course participants take part in “peer presentations” in an effort to improve their presentation skills and contribute to the course.
All prospective AIARE instructors participate in the AIARE1 ITC en-route to becoming an AIARE1 Instructor. The ITC’s offer prospective instructors the chance to discuss and practice teaching the AIARE curriculum, which requires ITC participants to be familiar with the curriculum in advance of the programs. Note that participants must observe an AIARE 1 and 2 prior to attending the ITC 1, as detailed in the Instructor Qualifications. These ITC’s are three consecutive days in length. The courses spend time indoors and in the field.
The Instructor Training Course does not automatically qualify the participant to be an AIARE instructor. Complete qualifications are described here: Instructor Qualifications. Once they have attended a training course, instructors are required to refresh on a regular basis to maintain their instructor qualification.
A complete overview of the AIARE instructor training and instructor continuing education program is discussed here. If you are serious about the AIARE instructor training program you need to read that document.
Those who wish to attend an ITC should apply online through the Instructor Training Schedule page, following the process outlined above. For questions, contact Ben Pritchett, AIARE Programs Director;firstname.lastname@example.org
AWSC Miss Snowflake - avy class and ride
A couple years ago Brian was invited to Wisconsin to the AWSC workshop. The people in Wisconsin were amazing and thirsty for knowledge. He recalls, "A packed house for an avalanche discussion was a welcome sight, more so in a part of the country with no avalanche fatalities." It is safe to say that when people visit the West from areas not prone to an avy problem it is very intimidating. The participation is high in clubs and of these the youth are really working their tails off to be a part of the snowmobile industry. These young adults "get it", they are the future of our sport. For one lucky lady every year, there is even more work involved. She goes through an election process and committee that will crown a new Miss Snowflake. She is the ambassador to the sport for the state. We happen to really appreciate her efforts and after a tireless year of travel across the state and sometimes out of state, Tyler's Backcountry Awareness gets her and a couple friends out to experience the west.
Our first trip was with Alexus Buttler, she came out and we had a great time. Starting with an Intro to Avalanche course we spent the week navigating terrain and enjoyed watching the jaws drop as we traveled mostly off trail. In Wisconsin, a large portion of the terrain is private, off trail riding is strictly prohibited in these areas to prevent loss of land use. By the end of the week, getting stuck within sight of the trail was almost a thing of the past, and now 3 seasons later she is now looking at getting her own avalanche gear and preparing to visit the west again. Her involvement in our sport continues to be an impressive list of accolades including being the ACSA's (American Council of Snowmobile Associations) "Youth Snowmobiler of the year" in 2015. Alexus works for Divas Snow gear and also attends college full time. She continues to be a great friend and promotes safe riding in the West to all she comes in contact with.
During the second trip we had the privilege of taking Chelsie Popp out in the snow. Her family has been recognized as the Wisconsin Snowmobile Family of the year She brought with her a couple friends and was also accompanied by Randy Murdock. He is on the Snowflake committee and was excited to see what we were up too. Many in the group had been west before and were excited to see it again. Well, we got through some education and got out on the snow, beautiful weather and some open riding allowed for a great time by all. They learned what it was like to drop into areas in which the decent was only scary in their mind and got to see some great country. Chelsie focused on growing her backcountry riding skills and has talked about coming back ever since. We are sure it will happen soon as she has family in Colorado and plans on using that as the perfect excuse.
This year we are excited to have Macy Wasson visiting us. She is the 2015 Miss Snowflake and was part of the group that came the first year. She has been recognized as the ACSA and the AWSC Youth Snowmobiler of the Year. As the Ambassador she traveled 14,200 miles by road and 327 miles by sled to go to every snowmobile club event she could squeeze in. The dedication of these young people is amazing. From 4th of July parades to water cross racing and ice ovals, they get out there and promote the sport and the clubs. Macy gave an amazing exit speech that really outlined how much these young women learn about life during their time as Miss Snowflake. She is really excited to come and with the Steamboat Power sports sleds this year we can help her enjoy it on a brand new Ski-doo. We will be able to dive a little deeper into avalanche preparedness as she has been through class before. It is hard to say who is more excited Macy or us.
Intro Course - High Riders Snowmobile CLub
Into Course - Mountain Skillz
Wolf Creek's first course of the season with Matt Entz (Mountain Skillz), Sandy Kobrock (Wolf Creek Avalanche School) and Brian Lundstedt (Tyler's Backcountry Awareness). Please contact Matt Entz to schedule this class to prevent double booking
Evening course followed by a day on snow
The day will be spent learning and practicing the following-
- understand your beacon
- group management
- safe travel management
- terrain recognition
- assessing avalanche danger
- performing a rescue
- beacon search
- using a probe
- strategic shoveling
- measuring slope angle
- identifying and understanding layers in the snow
- relating avalanche education to your riding
Snowy Range Snowmobile Club - Intro Course
This is a club event, please contact Snowy Range Snowmobile Club to get on the class roster. Class room segment will run from 6-9pm with the on snow following the next morning at 8:30am
We love to work with organizations to provide a class to a group that spends a lot of time together, please get signed up and rememebr that a lot of scheduling and work goes into providing this free class. If you can't make it let someone know as soon as possible so someone else can fill your seat.
AWSC CONVENTION AND WORKSHOP
TBA has been invited back to the AWSC Workshop.
In 2013 we went out and had an adult and youth lecture about avalanche safety for those traveling to the west during the winter. The program was a huge success, packed house for both discussions. This year we have been asked back again. The program is designed to get some basic knowledge to a growing user group and hopefully spark interest in taking an intro course on your next trip out West.
The focus will be given to the latest gear and the best way to practically deploy this gear. We will cover the importance and operation of each piece. The theory of companion rescue and some great time saving techniques. This will lead us into a discussion of prevention by terrain selection. A common misconception of avalanche terrain is that you are going to have to have a lame ride or not go out at all if the avy danger is elevated. This is typically not the case, we find that with education most riders can "unlock" more terrain through education.
TBA will also have a table in the main hallway to be available for any questions or hands on time with any gear/topics that you want more information about. If you see Brian at anytime during the event feel free to pick his brain.
2015 Fall Workshop
Registration deadline October 16, 2015
October 30 - November 1, 2015The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel, Appleton (920-733-8000)
Hotel reservations for The Radisson Paper Valley Hotel can now be made for the 2015 Fall Workshop by clicking on the red Snowmobilers.
If you are unable to get a room reservation at the Radisson, please call the LaQuinta Inn & Suites, 3920 W College Ave, Appleton at 920-734-6070. The price is $105 + taxes and please ask for the AWSC block.
Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo
Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Expo
October 10-11, 2015
Hay Days 2015
TBA will again be at Hay Days!
Come out and see us to start off the season
If you have not been to Hay Days then you have no idea. You can find anything and everything there. Start with the Aerocharger Guide to Hay Days from a couple years ago. Make sure to sign up for the Hay Days Craze, all you got to do is go check out different places, get a stamp and win prizes. Most importantly do not forget to wear your TBA gear and stop by our booth at SCN9, as always we will be handing out schwag and lots of great stuff.
Snowy Range Snowmobile Club - Intro Course
American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Board Meeting
Its a board meeting!!! This meeting is different, even though it will likely still be a boring meeting, Brian Lundstedt has been interviewed and invited back as a possible candidate for the A.I.A.R.E. board position. He would be the motorized representative on the board and help ensure the continued growth and development of the motorized programs.
Intro Course - Tyler's Backcountry Awareness for Steamboat Powersports
Intro Course - Tyler's Backcountry Awareness for Wyo. Backcountry Riders
THIS IS 2 Courses as of this point and based on attendance of those that register via e-mail.
A Friday/Saturday and a Saturday/Sunday
Please ensure you register for the correct class