Overview

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 saves lives. These values are reflected in the quality of our AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course.


Itinerary

Baker Mountain Guides offers scheduled 3-day (24 hour) AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses with field sessions in the Mount Baker Backcountry. 6:1 ratio field groups will operate independently for the duration of the course.


  • Optional: Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course

    Students new to AT skiing and splitboarding are highly encouraged to participate in an Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course the day before their AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course. The Intro to Backcountry Course sets you up for success via experience with the fundamentals of backcountry travel.


  • Day 1: Fundamentals

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course will begin with 8 hours of online lecture split into two evening sessions. Our engaging 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 of an instructor.


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Program Information

  • Season
  • December - March


  • Duration
  • 3 Days / 24 Hours


  • Locations
  • Mount Baker Backcountry


  • Max Ratio
  • 6 Students to 1 Instructor


  • Equipment

  • Schedule
  • 2020 - 2021 Winter Season

     

    * Please select field dates when booking online

    • Evening Class: December 1 & 2 - Field: December 5 – 6 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: December 8 & 9 - Field: December 12 – 13 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: December 22 & 23 - Field: December 26 – 27 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: December 29 & 30 - Field: January 2 - 3 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: January 5 & 6 - Field: January 9 – 10 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: January 12 & 14 - Field: January 17 – 18 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: January 19 & 20 - Field: January 23 - 24 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: February 2 & 3 - Field: February 6 – 7 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: February 9 & 11 - Field: February 14 – 15 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: February 16 & 17 - Field: February 20 – 21 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: February 23 & 24 - Field: February 27 – 28 (FULL)
    • Evening Class: March 2 & 3 - Field: March 6 – 7 (FULL)

     

     

    New to the Backcountry?


    Prepare for your AIARE Level 1 with an:

     

    Intro to Backcountry Skiing Course


  • Cost
  • $450 / Person

     

    Cost Includes

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