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 six machines per trainer. Our one day riding clinics begin at 8:00am and run until 4:00pm. Clinics can be booked any day of the week excluding holidays (2 weeks over the Christmas and New Years, MLK, and Presidents Day weekends). We also try to avoid the weekend events that are going on in our area (Drag Races, Dog Sled Races, X-Country Ski Races, etc.).
We require a minimum of 4 participants or a minimum fee of $1000.00 for the riding clinics. If there are just two in your group, but you'd like a private clinic, you can pay the minimum of $1000.00 between the two of you. We can also customize your clinic if there are particular skills you'd like to work on over others. Below is a basic description of what we offer with each clinic.
RIDING CLINIC - LEVEL 1 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 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
AIARE LEVEL 1 AVALANCHE SAFETY COURSE JANUARY 16-18 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. $410 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.