AIARE L- 1  Ski and Splitboard - Foothills 2019

Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course for Skiers and Splitboarders


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"Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain". This course introduces students to the avalanche phenomena, the types and characteristics of avalanches, and identifying and planning safe routes and travel in avalanche terrain. The course has a major focus on developing solid group communication skills and how individual members of a group can learn to recognize and mitigate group dynamics that can lead to potential increased risk taking. You will also learn how to react in an avalanche emergency, use your avalanche beacon, rescue tools, and techniques to locate victims of an avalanche.

The course consists of four evening lecture/presentation sessions on Mercer Island and one full weekend field trip on snow with your appointed group. You will get the opportunity to put into action all that you have learned and use the AIARE tool kit with your Foothills AIARE instructor. The weekend sessions start at 7:00 am and finish at 5:00pm and we will be in the Snoqualmie Backcountry
All participants in this course should have good over-snow ability be it ski, snowboard, or snowshoe as this course does include two full days of group travel in varying snow covered terrain. Students will be asked to fill out a skills and fitness questionnaire. We will use this questionnaire to place you in a group of similar skilled, fitness, and mode of travel individuals. Come join us for a some fun and a great as well as potentially life saving course. If you have any questions regarding this course please feel free to email


Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the Level 1 course students 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.
Course Schedule:
  • Jan 8, 10, 15, 17  Lectures -- Mercer Island Community Center 6:15 to 8:45pm
  • Jan 19, 20      Field Trip (group "A")  Snoqualmie Pass 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Jan 26, 27      Field Trip (group "B") Snoqualmie Pass 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

Course Fee:  Member: $350,  Non-Members:$450 

Cancellation Fee:  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.

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Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Course Materials

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