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Avalanche classes in Bay Area and the Sierras
I want to get into backcountry boarding this winter and I working on purchasing all the proper safety equipment (as finances allow), so the next step is to get some training. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area and I would like to take a seminar and on the snow safety courses. Preferably, I would like the seminar to be in the Bay Area to cut down on travel time. First question is: does anyone know where they might have seminars in the Bay Area?
Secondly, I will need to take a safety course on the snow. I know that Kirkwood, Sierra at Tahoe, and Bear Valley do it, but does anyone know where else they do it? My local mountain is Dodge Ridge, so I would prefer it there, but I have never seen it there. I found a few places on the avalanche safety center website, but I want to see if there are other ones out there also. Has anyone done the Mountain Adventures Seminars in the Bear Valley area? If so, how is it? This is the top contender for a class because of location to a free place to stay overnight.
Lastly, is there any books for avalanche safety that anyone would recommend? Any books specifically for Sierra backcountry that are recommendable?
If there is a thread on this website that I missed that tells me all the answers, let me know. Please post a link for the thread also.
Thanks for the help.