2 Day Avalanche Awareness Workshop: Cody, WY

Location Cody

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy - Moderate

Duration 2 Days


Are you planning to recreate in the backcountry this year?  Then you need to be aware of the dangers and have a foundation of knowledge to help you make good decisions. Jackson Hole Mountain Guides is offering this 2 day Avalanche Awareness Workshop to give backcountry enthusiasts with little to no avalanche training the opportunity to learn some simple skills to help keep safe. Whether you are on a snowmobile, snowshoes, skis or a snowboard, this 2 day workshop is designed to introduce basic skills to help make you a safer, more competent back country adventurer.

The Cody Avalanche Course field days take place 3 miles from the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park in one of the oldest recreational ski areas in the U.S. It is not a resort, but instead remote and beautiful backcountry. Visit www.skisg.com to see for yourself.

We highly encourage every backcountry user to take this introductory course and follow up with a  Level 1 or 2 AIARE Avalanche Education Course and to follow up with yearly practice, so you enjoy a long lifetime of rewarding backcountry experiences.

Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

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Evening Day 1: 6:00 – 10:00 pm

  • Introductions, course objectives, learning outcomes
  • Avalanche triangle, the human factor
  •  Types of avalanches and characteristics
  •  Snow structure,snowpack and what affects snowpack
  • Terrain management and daily plan making
  • Risk vs. reward
  • Websites for aid in the decision making process

Day 2 : 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

  • Plan making based on avy forecast,weather forecast, current conditions
  • Snow pits, ct, ect, pst ( if conditions permit )
  •  Indentifying layers, hardness
  • Practice
  • Beacon practice and search techniques
  • Rescue shoveling and proper techniques
  • Single burial search scenario
  • Debrief



Avalanche Awareness Workshop: Price: $150 per person

*Please inquire about our 2017/2018 winter dates*


Cody, Wyoming is located in the northwest quadrant of Wyoming, 52 miles east of Yellowstone Park. Cody is positioned at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14-16-20 and WYO Highway 120. It’s 100 miles from Billings, the closest large airport, and is several hours from Denver. The Yellowstone Regional Airport in Cody is the closest regional airport. The Cody office is located inside Sunlight Sports at 1131 Sheridan Avenue in the heart of downtown Cody. We are open every day from 8 am to 5:30 pm. The Cody office can be reached at 307.250.0763


There are no prerequisites for this course.  People should be prepared to go outside.  Avalanche safety equipment will be provided.



Cody, Wyoming, lies just east of the high plateau of Yellowstone National Park and is considered the park’s eastern gateway. Cody is located at the western edge of the Bighorn Basin, a depression surrounded by the Big Horn, Wind River, and Absaroka ranges. At the western edge of Cody, a deep canyon formed by the North Fork of the Shoshone River provides the only passage to Yellowstone’s Eastern Entrance.

The weather in the Big Horns are highly variable. Large temperature swings are always possible. Cold winters can normally bring lows of -40 °F (-40 °C). and hot summers can bring 100 °F (38 °C). The humidity of the air is usually 30% or less, which is fairly dry. Precipitation averages 9 inches (229 mm) of rain per year, making the surrounding area a semi-arid desert. During the summer months of June, July and August, if it does snow, it is usually brief and melts quickly. Such events are not frequent, but there are sudden and drastic shifts in weather conditions.

Wind is almost a constant presence in the Cody area and the Big Horn Basin in general. The air flow in the Basin is turbulent, but during the winter, most storms seem to move in from the north-northwest. During the summer, it is not unusual to see storms move in from the southwest. Throughout a normal day, winds can be experienced as coming from almost any direction, mostly from the north and west, but sometimes from the south and east. The Canyon at the west end of Cody seems to funnel rain and wind across the city from the west. The winds can be quite strong at 30 to 40 mph (50 to 60 km/h) and last for several days.Climbers take note: Cody enjoys about 300 days of sunshine per year.

Shop for this stuff 



  • Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
  • Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pant
  • Socks: Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.


  • Gloves  3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair  Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cyclone Alpine Glove
  • Hat: medium weight ski hat
  • Hat: baseball or visor for sun
  • Buff/neck gaiter



  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet (optional)

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)




  • JHMG knows there stuff! My instructors provided a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from and an awesome attitude that kept everyone stoked.

    — John Howland
  • Knowledgable instructors and in a setting that inspires.  I learned a lot during my course and look forward to putting my new knowledge to use exploring on snow in the Tetons and beyond.

    — Ben Weaver
  • Very professional! Excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, they know how to facilitate growth of one’s mountain sense.

    — Clinton Culp
  • Very professional! Brian and Erica are wonderful guides, excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, know how to facilitate growth of one’s mountain sense.

    — Clinton Culp

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