AIARE  L-1 Course ... Ski / Splitboard - Foothills - 2018

Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course for Skiers and Splitboarders

An AIARE certified level one avalanche course.

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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 a full weekend on snow with a 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, or Splitboard 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:
  • Classroom: Jan 9, 11,16, 18 at Mercer Island Community Center 6:30 to 9:00pm
  • Field Trip #1 group of 18 students:  Jan 20 & 21 at Snoqualmie Pass 7:00 am to 5:30 pm
  • Feild Trip #2 group January 27 & 28 at Snoqualmie Pass 7:00 am to 5:30 pm.
  • you will be required to sign up for only one of the weekend field  sessions.

Course Fee:  Member: $300,  Non-Members: $400     

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Basic Required Gear

Course Materials

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