AIARE 1 for Snowshoers/Skiers - Fri-Sun Class (Lodging Not Included)

Avalanche Safety Course

Avalanche AIARE Level 1

AIARE Level 1 avalanche safety course, open to all (skiers, splitboarders, and snowshoers

 

This is an AIARE certified level 1 avalanche course consisting of three-day course, with lectures and field days at the Mountaineers Baker Lodge at the Mount Baker ski area. Lodging cost is not included in the registration fee. Students are requested to stay at the Mount Baker Lodge (see below for more information). The lectures and field trip dates are as follows: 

SCHEDULE:
  • Lecture: Fri, Feb 15th,  8am - 4pm
  • Field Trip: Sat, Feb 16th - Sun, Feb 17th, 8am - 4pm
WHAT IS COVERED:

The course introduces students to the primary factors that cause avalanches such as weather, snowpack, human error and terrain and stresses ways to avoid avalanches, such as reading terrain, trip planning, snowpack evaluation, understanding avalanche forecasts, travel techniques and team decision making. 

FOCUS ON DECISION MAKING AND PLANNING:

The class is oriented toward demonstrating practical ways to make safe decisions when traveling in avalanche terrain. The planning and decision making tools introduced in this course are just as applicable to managing all sorts of mountaineering hazards as they are to safety in avalanche terrain. Companion rescue methods are also covered in this class.

I can't think of one moment in the course which was not a learning experience. I especially liked how my instructors challenged us to judge terrain and make choices at the field trip, and then asked us to reflect on those decisions.
FIELD TRIP DETAILS:

The course registration fee does not include lodging.  Students are requested to stay at the Mount Baker Lodge on Friday and Saturday to make logistics and travel easier. Weather can make an early morning arrival challenging. 

COMMUNICATION AFTER REGISTERING:

In late January, registered students will receive a welcome email and a link to register for the Baker Lodge. People registered for the class will have an opportunity to sign up for lodging before public registration opens up for the lodge.

ABOUT AIARE

To learn more about the AIARE approach to avalanche education used by the Mountaineers, visit the AIARE website.

CANCELLATION AND ATTENDANCE POLICY

During the open registration period, students can cancel their registration and receive a refund of their course fee minus a $50 cancellation fee. After registration closes, students will receive no refunds for cancellations. Attendance is required at all classes and no make-up classes are provided.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
Avalanche Classroom Session
Baker Lodge
Fri, Feb 15, 2019
Registration closes Feb 13
0 participants
0 instructors
Weekend Field Trip
Baker Lodge
Sat, Feb 16, 2019 -
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Registration closes Feb 14
0 participants
0 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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