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Numerous avalanche classes are being offered during the next two months in southwest Montana. A calendar with detailed information is available at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center Web site at www.mtavalanche.com.

Here is a list of classes with information on how they differ.

Basic avalanche awareness lectures are free and open to the public. Topics covered include: avalanche terrain recognition, the affect weather has on avalanche hazard, the development of the mountain snowpack, decision-making skills, and basic search-and-rescue procedures.

These classes will be held:

Today at ExplorationWorks, Helena, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contact Amy Sheppard at 457-1800, ext. 5 for more information.

Today at Timber Trails, Livingston, from 7 to 8 p.m. Contact Timber Trails at 222-9550

Saturday at Cooke City Fire Hall, Cooke City, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 3, Anaconda Snowmobile Club, Anaconda, from 7 to 8 p.m. Contact Stephanie Bahr at 406-563-3461 for more information.

Feb. 14, at Cooke City Fire Hall, Cooke City, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Avalanche courses with field sessions usually involve classroom lectures and one or two field sessions. Unless noted, a fee is charged for these classes. The classes will be held:

Jan. 21, MMA Teen Avalanche Course from 7 to 9 p.m. There will be a field session on Saturday, Jan. 24. This is for middle and high school students who are skiing the ridge at Bridger Bowl or accessing the backcountry. Contact Erin at 522-0659 for more detailed information.

Jan. 22-25, Montana Outdoor Science School Level 1 avalanche course at Bridger Bowl. For more information call MOSS at 582-0526.

Jan. 28, 29, ASMSU Basic Avalanche Awareness from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the MSU Student Union Building. A field session will be held on Jan. 31. Contact ASMSU at 994-3621 for more information.

Jan. 29-31, Level 1 avalanche course at Moonlight Basin. Contact Moonlight Basin at 993-6026 for more information.

Feb 4-5, ASMSU Advanced Avalanche Awareness from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the MSU Student Union Building. A field session will be held on Feb. 7. Contact ASMSU at 994-3621 for more information.

Feb. 19-22, American Avalanche Institute Level 1 avalanche course at Bridger Bowl. Contact Sarah at 208-787-4235 for more information.

Feb. 23-26, American Avalanche Institute Level II avalanche course at Bridger Bowl. Contact Sarah at 208-787-4235 for more information.

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