Ski & Snowboard Mountaineering Course (SSM) 2013/2014 This course is designed for those skiers and boarders who are proficient on Alpine, Telemark, Randonee or Snowboard equipment, who are in good physical condition, and who want to improve their knowledge, skill and safety when entering the realm of the winter alpine. Completion of this course prepares you to safely ski and snowboard in most backcountry destinations and when coupled with our Glacier Travel Course gets you ready to, as an example, climb and snowboard off Mt. Baker.
The course consists of eleven evening lectures and five field days Avalanche Safety (AIARE Level One included), Backcountry Equipment, Winter Mountain Weather, Winter Health and Safety, Emergency Bivy and Equipment Repair, Emergency Evacuation and Winter Camping. There is a one day Basic Maneuvers FT , a two-day Avalanche One FT and a weekend Overnight FT which includes building snow shelters and emphasis on safe route finding and touring. Students have 2 years to complete the course.
required to participate:
• Basic Navigation (register separately - see Seattle Navigation Section of Go-Guide)
required to graduate:
• Glacier Travel & Crevasse Rescue Course or Basic Climbing equivalency
• Mountain Oriented First Aid (MOFA) or Wilderness First Aid (WFA)
• Successful completion of three M-Level ski trips
Required equipment includes metal edged skis and climbing skins or snowboard
with workable uphill climbing system (skins, approach skis or snowshoes), shovel, avalanche probe and 457 kHz avalanche transceiver. The course fee is $325 for members, $375 for non-members. Enrollment is limited to 30 students. For more information visit : www.FoothillsWinter.org or call Jerry White (206) 769-5319 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org
please visit foothillswinter.org for more info and a FAQ page coming soon ...Jerry