Seattle MAC - NIKO Course Classroom Session

Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club

Seattle MAC - NIKO Course Classroom Session - Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Classroom session for the NIKO Course - Winter Backcountry Preparedness for Youth. Part 6 of a 6 part series. Ensure you are registered for all 5 classroom sessions in addition to the field day on February 17th. There is no credit for partial completion. See leader's notes for details.

  • Casual

Summit Room at the SPC at 7pm.

The NIKO Course is a teen-centric winter backcountry preparedness course that will teach students to approach backcountry recreation in the winter with a risk-management, critical thinking based mindset. Students will learn how to communicate and work as a team, how to evaluate the danger of avalanche terrain, and how to make good decisions in the backcountry. This is not a substitute for an AIARE L1 course and students interested in backcountry skiing outside of MAC should additionally consider complementing an AIARE L1 course, and/or AIARE Avalanche Rescue course.  

See the NIKO Foundation FB page for more info about the course and foundation: 

  • PREREQUISITESAt least 2 years of in-bounds skiing experience and ability to ski black diamond runs (not necessarily in good style) in any conditions. You must be able to get down the hill and "survival ski".  

  • You must participate in all classes as well as the field day in order to complete this course. Successful completion of this course is a prerequisite for joining backcountry skiing trips in MAC.

  • Students should bring note-taking materials and be sure they are on time.

Mountaineers Seattle Program Center

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Notepad
  • Pen/pencil
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