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The Gateway to the Backcountry begins with Avalanche Education. To understand the what, where, why, and how of choosing avalanche terrain to ride safely you start in the Level 1 Avalanche Safety Course. We learn about the big three factors: Unstable Snow; Terrain and Triggers. Then we look at ourselves and discover how we get into trouble with our decision making and we can improve our communication to improve our safety.In the field we cover companion & group rescue, snow pack and terrain observation techniques. We use the second day to put it all together on a tour. Our Level 2 Avalanche and Advanced Touring Course brings new techniques of forecasting with navigation and travel into more advanced terrain. This unique approach allows recreational riders to learn what they need to lead their own trips with friends and keep developing their ability to observe deeper changes in the snowpack and weather to help forecast change while in the back country and plan tours to accommodate dynamic conditions.

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Snowshoe Avalanche Safety Course

  Our Snowshoe Avalanche Courses is unique because of our emphasis on field based lessons and learning. In this 16 hour curriculum, students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, … Continue reading

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BC/AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Safety & Back Country Travel Snoqualmie Pass, WA

Our Guides believe that back country travel begins with avalanche safety and continues with travel techniques and terrain selection. OurĀ AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level One Avalanche Courses are unique because of our emphasis on field based … Continue reading

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AIARE Level 1 Refresher

Each season arrives and we look forward to ski tours and powder turns then we try to remember our avalanche training. To ease into the winter we prepared a day for you to refresh your AIARE Level 1 transceiver skills … Continue reading

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Avalanche/Touring Level 2 – Advanced Touring & Decision Making

When you wish to step up and plan a backcountry ski tour with some friends or your university outdoor program you need to make sure you have the right skill set. Continue reading