Saturday, November 27, 2010

New Program! - AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course

We will offering an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course during the winter 2010-11 ski season.  After offering our AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Programs for the past 5 years we decided that it made sense to provide a program that would expose past students to new information and allow them the opportunity to practice skills that may have become a bit rusty since their last avalanche course.

These courses generally take place on a Saturday or Sunday and can be taught near Stevens Pass Ski Area or in the Leavenworth, WA area.  Courses taking place in Leavenworth will only be offered when the snow conditions are suitable (deep enough and complex enough) for the course to be productive.  We are currently planning to offer the program on January 2, January 23, February 13, and March 13, 2011.  We can also organize custom programs for groups of 2 or more on just about any date between December and March.

The course will involve a mixture of classroom study and a field session and will cover some of the more important topics in the regular AIARE Level 1 curriculum.  Typically the course will take 8 hours and will start with a review of the current avalanche forecast, and then proceed to the development of a tour plan and a review of the safety plan for the day.  Once in the field we will be sure to travel through avalanche terrain and refresh our skills for various snow tests and conduct a full rescue drill, including multiple burials.

The cost of the program will be $165 per person based on a group of 2 or more people.  To find out more details, visit our website or call the office at 509-548-5823