Similar to our guided trips, our clinics are kept to small groups so that you can get the most out of them. We keep the ratio of four participants per trainer with a maximum of 8 participants per clinic. Our one day riding clinics begin at 8:00am and run until 4:00pm. We require a minimum of 4 participants or a minimum fee of $1000.00 for the riding clinics.
Have a group of 4, but the dates below don't work for you? Give us a call and we can schedule a private clinic on a date that will work for you. We are also able to customize the clinic to work on specific skills you need help with.
RIDING CLINIC - LEVEL 1 Friday, December 7 / Saturday, January 12 / Saturday, February 9 This clinic is designed for those new to snowmobiling. Avalanche awareness and safety will be covered throughout the course. This class will cover topics such as assessing the weather and terrain, what to pack, how to trailer your equipment, mechanical basics, avoiding getting stuck (and how to get unstuck if you do), and various riding techniques. We will incorporate course exercises to explain and practice weight transfer, foot placement, throttle and brake control, turning, and counter steering. $250 PER PERSON - MACHINE NOT INCLUDED
RIDING CLINIC - LEVEL 2 Saturday, December 8 / Sunday, January 13 / Sunday, February 10 This clinic is designed for those who have been riding for some time, but want to improve their skills. This clinic will touch on a few aspects of the beginner’s clinic but will have a greater focus on safe avalanche practices and riding techniques. We will include course exercises to explain and demonstrate different riding techniques and skills, including counter steering, throttle and brake control, foot placement, powder turns, side hilling, climbing, turning out, and more. $250 PER PERSON - MACHINE NOT INCLUDED
INTRODUCTION TO AVALANCHE SAFETY Sunday, December 9 / Friday, January 11 / Friday, February 8 This course is suited for riders who frequent avalanche terrain from easily accessible backcountry trailheads and highway passes. Perfect for those folks who are venturing into avalanche terrain along with others, but who don’t typically bother to discuss the avalanche concerns due to the familiarity of the terrain they are in. Don’t be complacent! In this course, you’ll learn how to identify avalanche terrain, how to use local and regional resources to make decisions about where and when to ride, the importance of trip planning, how to spot ‘red flags’, as well as an introduction to companion rescue and related gear. This course has some inside and some outside time. Participants must come prepared to travel on machines in the backcountry. A beacon, shovel, and prove are required or available for rent for an additional $25.00. $175 PER PERSON - MACHINE NOT INCLUDED
AIARE LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE SAFETY COURSE Wednesday - Friday, January 23-25 Central Oregon Adventures’ staff has teamed up with AIARE-trained certified instructors from Oregon Ski Guides to teach this snowmobile specific avalanche safety course. This level one course is a 3- day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard and management. A beacon, shovel, and probe are required or available for rent for an additional $25. $450 PER PERSON - MACHINE NOT INCLUDED
The course is expected to: · Provide a basic understanding of avalanches · Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain · Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers” · Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field
Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught). · At the end of the course the student should be able to: · Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain · Recognize avalanche terrain · Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain · Learn and apply effective companion rescue
DAN PEABODY - TRAINER/GUIDE
sTEVEN dIECKHOFF - TRAINER/GUIDE
GEOFF LODGE - TRAINER/GUIDE
Central Oregon Adventures operates under a special use permit from the Deschutes National Forest and the Oregon State Marine Board.