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
Online Classroom
Wed, Jan 13, 2021
Registration closed Dec 14
0 participants
0 instructors
Online Classroom
Wed, Jan 20, 2021
Registration closed Dec 14
0 participants
0 instructors
Online Classroom
Thu, Jan 13, 2022
Registration closed Jan 13
1 participant
Weekend Field Trip
Baker Lodge
Sat, Jan 23, 2021 -
Sun, Jan 24, 2021
Registration closed Dec 14
0 participants
0 instructors
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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