In collaboration with the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and the Northwest Avalanche Center (NWAC), we are working through this journey of the youth avalanche and snow safety education rebuild.
We completed a worldwide assessment of existing youth education programs where we researched the global landscape of existing curriculums, surfaced past academic research in youth education, and connected with avalanche centers domestically and internationally.
This baseline enabled us to frame the scope of the (re)build, including networking with existing programs, and ultimately allowing us to build the best youth avalanche education program in the world.
We have created the initial curriculum which we evaluate through a pilot program in collaboration with The Mountaineers Adventure Club (MAC) during the 2019-2020 winter season.
The program will be scaled out nationwide the following year.