Baker Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is designed to provide our students with a foundational understanding of avalanches, observational and decision-making techniques, avalanche terrain assessment, and companion rescue. Along with learning the science and theory behind the avalanche phenomenon, students will be challenged to apply their new skills in the backcountry.

Baker Mountain Guides has customized the AIARE curriculum to provide practical field skills for the Pacific Northwest. Our instructors are passionate backcountry skiers and snowboarders who believe that avalanche education has the power to save lives. These values are reflected in the quality of our AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course.


Baker Mountain Guides offers scheduled three-day AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses in Both Bellingham and Seattle.

  • Day 1: Fundamentals

    The course begins with 8 hours of lecture. Bellingham classroom sessions are one full day, and Seattle classroom sessions are split into two evenings. Our interactive curriculum includes case studies, avalanche and snowpack fundamentals, hazard assessment, and decision making.

  • Day 2: Companion Rescue and Field Observations

    Plan on a full day in the field. In the morning, we’ll cover avalanche beacons and companion rescue. Students will have the opportunity to run several practice drills. In the afternoon, we’ll dig snow pits, and introduce standardized weather and snowpack observations.

  • Day 3: Backcountry Tour and Decision Making

    Students will complete a pre-trip hazard assessment and plan a tour. Our final day will be spent skiing and snowboarding the backcountry. Students will work together to choose appropriate terrain for the current avalanche conditions under the mentorship on an instructor.

Avalanche Mentorship

Featherweight Guarantee

Let’s face it: climbing and skiing are more fun without a massive pack. That’s why we strive to offer the lightest pack weight of any guide service. We plan meticulously, use quality equipment, and always share the load.

Program Information

  • Season
  • December - March

  • Duration
  • 3 Days / 24 Hours

  • Locations
  • Bellingham & Mount Baker 


    Seattle & Mount Rainier

  • Max Ratio
  • 7 Students to 1 Instructor

  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2017 - 2018 Winter Season

    • Dates TBD

  • Cost
  • $325 / Person - Bellingham


    $350 / Person - Seattle


    Cost Includes

    • Transportation
    • AIARE Level 1 Student Manual
    • AIARE Field Book
    • Backcountry Ski Map