These free certificate-based courses are intended to help the general public learn basic backcountry safety skills.

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This program is designed to provide an introduction for beginners and intermediate backcountry enthusiasts to help develop safe habits in the backcountry. 

This material is designed to cover the fundamental ideas that will help equip you to travel safely and be able to deal with emergency situations that can occur in the backcountry.

At the conclusion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of outdoor fundamentals
  • Identify how to be adequately prepared for a backcountry trip
  • Know what to do when you are lost
  • Determine how to avoid the hazards of nature

To achieve the Certificate of Completion, participants must review each of the four lessons, complete a comprehension quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final  Exam.

Curriculum by: Utah Avalanche Center




This avalanche safety course is designed to provide basic level avalanche safety information using the “Know Before You Go” curriculum developed by the Utah Avalanche Center. The program provides a resource for backcountry users who spend time in avalanche terrain and a tool for annual review by the experienced winter backcountry user.

At the conclusion of this program, students should be able to understand basic avalanche safety, including the key principles of “Know Before You Go:”

  • Get the Gear
  • Get the Training
  • Get the Forecast
  • Get the Picture
  • Get out of Harm’s Way

To achieve the Certificate  of Completion, participants must review each of the Lessons, complete a Quiz after each lesson, and score 80% or better on the Final Exam.

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