Thanks for the info. I didn't mean to come off as cocky in any way, I just wanted to make the point that I've been in the sport for many years and have always really wanted to take an avy class and try it out. I've researched it a fair amount and understand it is a very dangerous venture. My grandpa was ski patrol at Baker for 13 years and has told me all of his horror stories (of course that was back in the day before beacons). I am really looking forward to taking this course and learning as much as I can about back country riding.
I'll be sure to check out that book. Thanks for all the help