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IFMGA Guide Mark Smiley Launches Online Avy Course

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"A Comprehensive Guide To Avalanche Safety" brand new online course is LIVE! It's time to harness the power of a detailed online course specifically designed to help you make educated decisions while in the backcountry. Years of effort have gone into this course, and decades of experience around the world. Boiled down into one tight little gift for your benefit and enjoyment. I had fun making it, and I learned a ton. I know experience will be similar. . This unique course is designed for anyone that travels in the backcountry on boards. You will walk away empowered to collect and organize the daily avalanche forecast data, make a plan of where to go, how to get there, how to avoid hazards, smartphone apps that help, how to effectively communicate with your partners, and how to have the most fun while doing it (there's more but this is already a run-on sentence). Remove the guesswork, replace it with knowable knowns, and enjoy the best days of your life in powder! 75 concise videos with actionable instruction from a host of expert skiers. . Early Bird Bonus! -Course is 30% off now! Expires: Oct 18th at 11:55PM. -The first 300 people enrolled get the "Crevasse Rescue For The Modern Climber" course for free! -Complete the course before Dec 1 and you're entered to win a Teton tour with me for hands-on practice and real time feedback! -Secret bonuses sprinkled throughout the course! . Link in bio takes you to the course page where you can learn more, and preview a couple of the lessons before realizing that this is the best time and money you can spend to refine and improve your avalanche game. Let's go! . #mtnsense #mountainsense #neverstoplearning #arcteryx #atomic #weareskiing #camp1889 #ski #backcountryskiing #lifeexperiencedeposit #becomethepartneryouseek #powder #gobiggohome #earnyourturns

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Mark Smiley has always been one to think outside the box, so it’s no surprise that he took the challenges of 2020 by the reins to create a new approach to avalanche safety. The Jackson-based IFMGA guide just launched the online avalanche safety course A Comprehensive Guide To Avalanche Safety on his MTN Sense online school. With all manner of students turning to the internet to further their education during the pandemic, it made perfect sense to create a course giving skiers and snowboarders the tools they need to travel safely in the backcountry this winter. Much like his MTN Sense classes on ski mountaineering and rock climbing skills, this avalanche course is video-based and provides easily digestable (and often quite funny and memorable) lessons on hard skills. It’s not a replacement for a traditional AIARE or AAI course, but rather serves as continuing education for those who have already taken a class like that. The course is available at for $249. Mark is offering TGR readers a 30 percent discount until October 18.

I created this course so all levels of recreational backcountry skiers can have access effective and entertaining instruction to help them make educated decisions. Avalanches are scary. This course helps you to know the “knowables,” so you don’t have just hope that you don’t get hurt out there.

-Mark Smiley

This course will benefit pretty much anyone who plans to ski in the backcountry, whether you have never taken a formal avalanche education course, have taken a formal avalanche course, and desire to learn updated and practical systems that are actually useful, desire practical concise instruction from experienced backcountry skiing professionals, and most of all if you are someone who wants to learn at your own pace, and review the content forever.

Riding in the backcountry is all about having fun, and this course will add to your skill set so you can do it safely all season long. Mark Smiley photo.

The course includes the following skills, and more:
- How to accurately interpret the daily avalanche forecast on a deeper level
- Identifying safe and dangerous backcountry terrain
- Communicating more effectively with your partners so everyone can have more fun
- Creating and executing a rewarding backcountry tour
- Understanding how to interpret snow pit stability tests
- Glean from the school of hard knocks, where several professional skiers share their "near miss" stories

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stash member Max Ritter

I manage digital content here at TGR, run our gear testing program, and am stoked to be living the dream in the Tetons.

I have always loved courses and especially online courses. It’s very cool when you can get new skills and gain new experience without leaving home. I also have a positive attitude towards the service  because thanks to such a cool service you can view reviews of other services and choose the best coursework writing services. In the same way, without leaving home and without wasting time, you can get everything on request. It’s just as cool as online courses. This is a miracle.