Know Before You Go Program

The "Know Before You Go" avalanche education program was developed and provided to the Central Oregon Avalanche Association by the Utah Avalanche Center.  This is a free basic avalanche awareness program and not a replacement for taking an avalanche class taught by certified avalanche professionals.

The program is designed as a 60-90 minute program in three parts:

  1. A 15-30 minute narrated video, showing avalanches, people triggering avalanches, and the destructive power of avalanches.
  2. A 15-30 minute presentation about the basics of how to recognize avalanche terrain, recognize obvious signs of instability, safe travel practices, the basics of avalanche rescue equipment and self-rescue procedures, and where to obtain information about current avalanche conditions.
  3. A 15-30 minute discussion covering local factors, group Q&A, and product testing.

Schedule:  

West KBYG, 12/04/2018, 6:30pm, Salem Summit, 240 Commercial Street NE Salem. Presented by COAA volunteer, AIARE Level 1 certified/former ski guide Bruce Moffatt.

East KBYG, 12/5/2018, Broken Top Bottle Shop Bend, 6:00pm.  Presented by COAA by Professional Observer and Three Sisters Backcountry Guide Gabe Coler.

East KBYG, 12/13/2018, Pro Caliber Motorsports, Bend, 6:00pm.  Presented by Mike Maurer. Mike is a past COAA Director and Professional Observer. He has been with Deschutes County Search and Rescue since 2010, is an Alpine Rescue Leader and runs the Avalanche Rescue Program. Mike is AIARE Level 3 trained and is an AIARE Level 1 and 2 course provider. 

West KBYG, 12/19/2018, Mt Jefferson Snowmobile Club, Pietro's Pizza, 1637 Hawthorne Ave, Salem, 6:30pm. Presented by COAA volunteer, AIARE Level 1 certified/former ski guide Bruce Moffatt.

East KBYG, 1/09/2019, Broken Top Bottle Shop Bend, 6:00pm. Presented by COCC Outdoor Program Director Tim Peterson. 

West KBYG, 1/16/2019, Bergs Ski Shop, 367 West 13th Street Eugene, 6:30pm. Presented by COAA volunteer, AIARE Level 1 certified/former ski guide Bruce Moffatt.

East KBYG, 2/06/2019, Broken Top Bottle Shop Bend, OR 6:00pm. Presented by COAA Board Member and Professional Observer Aaron Hartz.  

East KBYG, 3/06/2018, Broken Top Bottle Shop Bend, OR 6:00pm. Presented by COAA Board Member Allison Miles. 

 

 

If you are part of an organization that has interest in hosting the "Know Before You Go" program, please email us at info@coavalanche.org.