AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course - Foothills - 2017 (Snowshoe)

Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course

This foundational course focuses on safety awareness, trip planning, and decision making in avalanche terrain. The field trip portion of the course will be conducted on snowshoes.

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)
  • Feb 11, 12 - Field Weekend @ Snoqualmie Pass Backcountry; 2 days - 7:30 am to 5:30 pm each day (skill-building and avalanche scenarios with groups and instructors).

 Additional Notes:

  • This course has no Badge prerequisites, but the field trip weekend will be conducted on snowshoes (no exceptions) and prior experience with snowshoe travel is required.
  • Registered students will need to complete a pre-field trip questionnaire and self-assessment of skills and fitness.
  • Registered students will need to complete a brief pre-course module on the AIARE website.

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

QUESTIONS?  If you need further clarification you may contact the course leader. 

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Basic required gear

Course Materials

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