I have 2 beacons. 1 BCA Tracker and an Ortovox M2. (if you have an M2 look into the recall) I believe that it is helpful to know how to use both. The BCA is very easy, so I got it for IDIOT friends with little experience to use. FYI... Silverton is the place to go. http://www.silvertonavalancheschool.com/
failing that Aspen Expeditions has good courses.
San Juans have more stable snow, while the Elks have relatively less stable snow.
Practice practice practice
day courses like Aspen Mountain Rescue's on Avalanche awareness
workshop January 13&14, 2005
Friday (participant must attend Friday to participate Saturday)
5:00 - 6:15 pm registration St. Regis Hotel
6:15 - 9:30 pm Classroom session
9:30 am - 2:20 pm Field day, top of Aspen Mountain
3:00 pm Group rescue problem, St. Regis Hotel
$25 covers 2 classroom sessions, 1 field snow evaluation day, one-ride gondola ticket, and CAIC avalanche booklet.
*REGISTRATION IS AT THE DOOR ONLY! There is no pre-registration![code][/code][code][/code][code][/code]