Education

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Avalanche safety education is an essential piece to saving lives. Our mission is to provide the community with the correct tools to recognize, understand, and avoid avalanche risks while in the backcountry, the backyard, or on the jobsite. We host various types of educational opportunities throughout the Wood River, Magic and Treasure Valleys. Find the educational opportunity that fits into your schedule below.
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Homegrown Film Festival

Homegrown Film Festival

Dec 3, 3:00pm - Dec 3, 10:30pm

Ketchum IdahoKetchum, ID83340 Map

Homegrown Film Festival presented by
Bex Wilkinson and The Marshall Frankel Foundation

The 6th Annual Homegrown Film Festival is back December 3rd at The Argyros and Limelight Hotel in Ketchum. Homegrown is a celebration of the cinematic and athletic achievement of people who call this place home.

This year the show will be at The Argyros and live streamed at the Limelight Hotel.

All Ticket options are available for purchase online via www.homegrownfilms.org
which directs you to the Argyros ticketing platform. You can also scan the QR Code on the poster circulating around town and online.

$8 - Matinees only, 3-6 PM @ Argyros

$25 - HGFF Show, 6:30-9PM @ Argyros

$30 - All access Matinee and HGFF, @ Argyros

$10- HGFF Realtime Live Stream & Party, 6:30 - 10:30PM, @ Limelight Hotel

Tickets for the Limelight are available through the Friends of the SAC website:
friends.sawtoothavalanche.com/shop-sac/

We hope to see you there, before, after and during. It will not disappoint.

The Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center will be on hand for their Ultimate Raffle including a Sun Valley Heli lift to the top of Baldy for 4, Black Diamond Skis, Line Skis, Passes, Fine Dining Certificates, Pit Viper sunglasses and GEAR from all our sponsors featured on the poster.

Each autumn, the allure of wondering what iconic couloir Jack Weekes, our Homegrown artist will pick increases in anticipation. Abe’s Chair above Smiley Creek with a lone, moonlit skier
out on dawn patrol has surprised and delighted everyone. Jack produces a limited edition of 50 hand pulled serigraph prints sold by the Friends at the Festival for $100 which is a steal for an original artwork of this caliber with the bonus of supporting the Sawtooth Avalanche Center.

Produced by F11 Films, Homegrown Film Festival is a celebration of the cinematic and athletic achievement of people who call this place home. The festival showcases the work of our celebrities and professionals, while also giving a platform to local youth and up-and-comers – and it does so in support of our local avalanche center.

Mountain towns are dense hub of talent, but too often our athletes and production teams find themselves scattered about the mountains and the globe, disconnected from the community. Homegrown is an opportunity to come together, to cultivate a synergistic excitement about what we can, have, and will create.

It gives local rippers a moment to rub shoulders with the pros, high-end brands a space to see the next generation of talent, and the town a chance to celebrate how a place so small can create a mark so big.

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Avalanche Awareness | CSI Twin Falls

Avalanche Awareness | CSI Twin Falls

Dec 7, 6:00pm - Dec 7, 7:30pm

College of Southern Idaho

Join us with the College of Southern Idaho (CSI) Outdoor Recreation Program at the CSI Fine Arts building for a 1.5-hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. There is a small donation per person going towards the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, no preregistration required.

Starts at 6:00pm

Donations can be made on www.sawtoothavalanche.com (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you!

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Introduction to Avalanches | Wood River Valley

Introduction to Avalanches | Wood River Valley

Dec 8, 6:00pm - Dec 8, 8:00pm

Minnie Moore Room at the Community Campus in Hailey

Join us for a 2-hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. Learn from the Friends of SAC instructor team of snow experts, mountain guides, and experienced avalanche educators. We invite everyone to join if you’re learning about avalanches for the first time or are a seasoned backcountry user ready for a yearly refresher.

Location: Minnie Moore Room at the Community Campus in Hailey
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Date: Dec. 8, 2022

There is a $10 suggested donation, no preregistration required. You must attend the entire online talk to register for the optional field session.

If you cannot attend in person, please reach out to education@sawtoothavalanche.org the week prior to the event to receive a filmed version of the presentation.

Optional field sessions ($40 suggested donation) will be held on December 10th, January 7th, and January 8th.

Donations can be made on www.sawtoothavalanche.com (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you!

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Intro to Avalanches | Field Day Dec. 10

Intro to Avalanches | Field Day Dec. 10

Dec 10, 9:00am - Dec 10, 3:00pm

Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Join the Friends of the SAC instructors for a field day covering avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification, and other basic snow and avalanche concepts. This field class is a great way to get your feet “wet” before you take a level 1 class!

The location is TBD but generally, we spend the day near the SNRA headquarters and Galena Pass.

Sign up for the class at the Friends’ Thursday night lecture session Dec. 8th. It's required to attend the lecture prior to the field day.

There is a $40 suggested donation to the Friends of the SAC to cover instructor costs. Please arrive ready to spend the day outside in the snow traveling on skis, a splitboard, or snowshoes.

Please email education@sawtoothavalanche.com with any questions.

Donations can be made on www.sawtoothavalanche.com (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you!

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Introduction to Avalanches | Wood River Valley

Introduction to Avalanches | Wood River Valley

Jan 5, 6:00pm - Jan 5, 8:00pm

Ketchum Fire Station

Join us for a 2-hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. Learn from the Friends of SAC instructor team of snow experts, mountain guides, and experienced avalanche educators. We invite everyone to join if you’re learning about avalanches for the first time or are a seasoned backcountry user ready for a yearly refresher.

Location: Ketchum Fire Station
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Date: January 5, 2022

There is a $10 suggested donation, no preregistration required. You must attend the entire online talk to register for the optional field session.

If you cannot attend in person, please reach out to education@sawtoothavalanche.org the week prior to the event to receive a filmed version of the presentation.

Optional field sessions ($40 suggested donation) will be held on January 7th and January 8th.

Donations can be made on www.sawtoothavalanche.com (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you!

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Intro to Avalanches | Field Day Jan. 7

Intro to Avalanches | Field Day Jan. 7

Jan 7, 9:00am

Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Join the Friends of the SAC instructors for a field day covering avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification, and other basic snow and avalanche concepts. This field class is a great way to get your feet “wet” before you take a level 1 class!

The location is TBD but generally, we spend the day near the SNRA headquarters and Galena Pass.

Sign up for the class at the Friends’ Thursday night lecture session Dec. 8th. It's required to attend the lecture prior to the field day.

There is a $40 suggested donation to the Friends of the SAC to cover instructor costs. Please arrive ready to spend the day outside in the snow traveling on skis, a splitboard, or snowshoes.

Please email education@sawtoothavalanche.com with any questions.

Donations can be made on www.sawtoothavalanche.com (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you!

#sawtoothavy #friendsofsac
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Intro to Avalanches | Field Day Jan. 8

Intro to Avalanches | Field Day Jan. 8

Jan 8, 9:00am - Jan 8, 4:00pm

Sawtooth Avalanche Center

Join the Friends of the SAC instructors for a field day covering avalanche rescue basics, snowpack layering, avalanche terrain identification, and other basic snow and avalanche concepts. This field class is a great way to get your feet “wet” before you take a level 1 class!

The location is TBD but generally, we spend the day near the SNRA headquarters and Galena Pass.

Sign up for the class at the Friends’ Thursday night lecture session Dec. 8th. It's required to attend the lecture prior to the field day.

There is a $40 suggested donation to the Friends of the SAC to cover instructor costs. Please arrive ready to spend the day outside in the snow traveling on skis, a splitboard, or snowshoes.

Please email education@sawtoothavalanche.com with any questions.

Donations can be made on www.sawtoothavalanche.com (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you!

#sawtoothavy #friendsofsac
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Avalanche Awareness | Boise

Avalanche Awareness | Boise

Jan 25, 6:00pm - Jan 25, 7:30pm

Boise, Idaho

Join us in Boise for a 1.5-hour presentation based on the Know Before You Go platform, introducing basic concepts about snow, avalanches, and traveling safely in and near avalanche terrain. There is a small donation per person going towards the Friends of the Sawtooth Avalanche Center, no preregistration required.

Starts at 6:00pm
Specific location TBD

Donations can be made on www.sawtoothavalanche.com (click the donate button) or via Venmo @sawtooth-avalanche. Thank you!

#sawtoothavy #friendsofsac
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