Avalanche AIARE 1   - Everett - 2014

Avalanche Safety Course

Avalanche AIARE Level 1

AIARE 1 avalanche safety course

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The Everett Mountaineers will offer an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course starting December 2014. The course is oriented towards recreational backcountry users like skiers, snowboarders, climbers, scramblers and snowshoers. The course will:

  • Provide a basic understanding of avalanches and how to make pertinent terrain and snowpack observations for the avalanche problem at hand.
  • Use a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “all the 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 in avalanche terrain, to make relevant observations, to understand basic decision making in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person. The overall goal is to improve safety and decision making in avalanche terrain. It is a basic hazard management course and uses rule based tools in combination with introductory knowledge based decision making tools. The course is a stand alone course, but provides a great link to an AIARE 2 avalanche course.

The course is a combination of home study, classroom work and field trip work.  

The classroom lectures will be in a meeting room at Snohomish Co PUD in Everett at 2320 California St, Everett, WA 98201. Please bring pen and paper for taking notes. Equipment will be discussed at the first lecture.  

The field trip is in the Mt Baker backcountry with optional overnight stay at the Mountaineers Lodge. The field trip could involve cold and wet weather and elevation gain of about 2,000 feet. The terrain is extremely well suited for an avalanche course.

Lectures: Dec 3 630-930p, Dec 10 630-930p, Jan 7 630-930p.  Field trip (both days) Jan 10-11 8a-4p 

For enrollment or course information, please contact: Mike Palmer at mike@cascadespecialty.com or Lee Wilcox at leebttrcup@aol.com. Sign up online www.mountaineers.org or phone 206-521-6001.

Cancellations within 7 days of course start will be charged 50% course fee unless a replacement student can be found.

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Avalanche Classroom Session
Snohomish County PUD
Wed, Dec 7, 2016
Registration closed Dec 4
2 participants
Snohomish County PUD
Thu, Dec 15, 2016
Registration closed Dec 4
2 participants
Snohomish County PUD
Thu, Jan 5, 2017
Registration closed Jan 4
0 participants
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Dec 13, 2018
Registration closed Dec 11
1 participant
3 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Dec 17, 2018
Registration closed Dec 15
1 participant
2 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jan 2, 2019
Registration closed Dec 31
1 participant
2 instructors
Baker Lodge
Fri, Feb 15, 2019
Registration closed Feb 13
2 participants
9 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Thu, Jan 2, 2020
Registration closed Dec 19
0 participants
10 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Mon, Jan 6, 2020
Registration closes Dec 19
0 participants
4 instructors
Seattle Program Center
Wed, Jan 8, 2020
Registration closed Dec 19
0 participants
4 instructors
Weekend Field Trip
Baker Lodge
Sat, Jan 7, 2017 -
Sun, Jan 8, 2017
Registration closed Dec 4
2 participants
Baker Lodge
Sat, Jan 5, 2019 -
Sun, Jan 6, 2019
Registration closed Jan 3
0 participants
0 instructors
Baker Lodge
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 -
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Registration closed Feb 14
2 participants
9 instructors
Baker Lodge
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 -
Sun, Jan 12, 2020
Registration closed Jan 19
0 participants
7 instructors
Roster
Required Equipment

Weather appropriate clothing and footwear.  Flotation - snowshoes, skis, or split board.  Avalanche transceiver, metal shovel, and probe.  Additional gear requirements will be discussed at the first classroom day.

Course Materials

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