AIARE Level 1 at Meany Lodge - Tacoma Branch

Avalanche Safety Course

Level 1 Avalanche Course

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course at Meany Lodge **This course in now SOLD OUT**

**As of Feb. 2, this course is now open to the public. Please do not attempt to register on the Mountaineers webpage. Register with our partners at

This is an AIARE certified Level 1 Avalanche course consisting of two evening lectures at the Mountaineers clubhouse in Tacoma and an overnight, two-day field trip based out of the Mountaineers Meany Lodge near Snoqualmie/Stampede Pass (lodging costs for Saturday night ARE included, as well as Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast and lunch).

This course is designed for Tacoma Branch members that are required to obtain and maintain an AIARE Level 1 certification: Intermediate Climbing Students, Climb Leaders, and Snowshoe Leaders. Because of the high cost of maintaining required certifications, this course is being run at-cost ($440) for these students. If you do not fall into the categories stated above, the cost of the course is $485. (Full disclosure, you will also have to purchase an Annual Snowmobile Sno-Park Permit and a Special Groomed Sticker- all the more reason to carpool!)

The lectures and field trip dates are as follows: 

Course Dates (all are required):
  • Lecture #1: Tues, Mar 20, 6 PM to 9:30 PM (Mountaineers Tacoma Clubhouse)
  • Lecture #2: Thurs, Mar 22, 6 PM to 9:30 PM (Mountaineers Tacoma Clubhouse)
  • Field Trip: Sat, Mar 24, 8 AM to Sun, Mar 25, 6 PM (Meany Lodge. Meet at the Crystal Springs sno-park)
How to sign up:

Registration is handled by our partners at Edgeworks Climbing Gym, do not attempt to register on the Mountaineers website. For additional details and to register, go to

**E-mail for your discount code if you are a Tacoma Intermediate student, climb leader, or snowshoe leader

Topics Covered:
This course introduces students to the primary factors that cause avalanches such as weather, snowpack, human error and terrain and stresses ways to avoid avalanches, such as reading terrain, trip planning, snowpack evaluation, understanding avalanche forecasts, travel techniques and team decision making.

The class is oriented toward demonstrating practical ways to make safe decisions when traveling in avalanche terrain. The planning and decision making tools introduced in this course are just as applicable to managing all sorts of mountaineering hazards as they are to safety in avalanche terrain. Companion rescue methods are also covered in this class.

To learn more about the AIARE approach to avalanche education, visit the AIARE website.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

During the two day field trip students will need the following equipment:

  • Either backcountry skis / splitboard with skins, or snowshoes. 
  • A metal shovel designed for avalanche rescue, e.g. Black Diamond Lynx, BCA B-1 EXT (no plastic shovels)
  • A full length avalanche probe (Minimum length of 240cm / Recommended length of 280cm)
  • An avalanche beacon (2 or 3 antenna beacons are required), e.g. BCA Tacker2 or 3, Mammut Barryvox
  • Clothes suitable both for standing around and getting exercise outdoors all day in possibly cold, windy, snowy or even rainy conditions. 
  • Overnight gear for Meany Lodge (sleeping bag, toothbrush, etc.) See our beginners guide to packing for Meany:
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.