AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course - Foothills - 2017

Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course for Skiers and Splitboarders

This foundational course is designed for skiers and snowboarders and focuses on safety awareness, trip planning, and decision making in avalanche terrain.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Join the Foothills AIARE 1 instructors and Pro Guiding Service for this season's AIARE Level 1 Course: "Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain".

This course focuses on the following student learning outcomes:

  • Understanding mountain snowpack and avalanche phenomena, including types and characteristics of avalanches;
  • Planning, identifying, and navigating safe routes in avalanche terrain using the AIARE Decision Making Framework;
  • Developing situational awareness and skills for adaptive risk mitigation  while in avalanche terrain;
  • Recognizing human factors and team dynamics that influence decision-making;
  • Responding to avalanche emergencies using tools and techniques to locate and rescue avalanche victims.

Course Schedule:

  • Jan 13 - Course Kick-Off & Meet-n-Greet @ Pro Ski North Bend, WA; 6:30 to 8:30 pm (information session and socializing; refreshments served)
  • Jan 17, 19, 24, 26 - Classroom Sessions @ Mercer Island Community Center; 6:30 to 9:00 pm (presentations, discussions, and hands-on teamwork)
  • Jan 28, 29 - Field Weekend @ Snoqualmie Pass Backcountry; 2 days - 7:00 am to 5:30 pm each day (skill-building and avalanche scenarios with groups and instructors).

 Additional Notes:

  • This course has no prerequisites but Badges for Navigation or Basic First Aid and familiarity with back country travel are bonuses for any course participants.
  • Prospective students will need to complete a course application and self-assessment of skills and fitness.
  • Registered students will need to complete a brief pre-course module on the AIARE web site and print their own copy of the AIARE Student Manual.

Come join us for fun and learning critical skills for safe backcountry travel!

QUESTIONS? Please check out these Frequently Asked Questions as a first step. If you need further clarification you may contact the course coordinator.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Basic Required Gear

Course Materials

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