Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course - Snoqualmie Pass

There is so much good information in an AIARE L1 course, it is worth while brushing up on it.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System

Overall Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

Skills Required: Solid intermediate skiing skills or snowshoeing skills

Fitness Level: Not Very Strenuous

AIARE L1 Recommended or some prior avalanche education. Familiarity with avalanche gear.

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 5:1,10:2

* Required Fields

Based on popular demand by our past AIARE L1 students, we are offering a one-day course that will give students the opportunity to brush up on skills and knowledge from the Level 1 course. We will also use this opportunity to present new insights to the topic of avalanche safety.
We believe that learning about the outdoors is best done outside. As an AIARE Level 1 graduate, the conceptual knowledge will be present enough, so that we can spend the entire day refreshing, applying and solidifying your skills in the field. This refresher course will be spent entirely in the Alpental backcountry.
7am to 4pm: We will meet at the uppermost parking lot of the Alpental Road unless you hear otherwise from your instructor.
•            Review: Anatomy of an Avalanche
•            Review: Recognizing Avalanche Terrain
•            Review: Progression of Companion Rescue
•            The difference between a ski touring course and an avalanche
              course and what this means to your skill set
•            Application of a tour plan in the context of avalanche hazard
•            Efficient movement in avalanche terrain
•            Group management and the human factor
•            Companion rescue and multiple burial beacon search
•            Field tests reviewed
•            Course close


Equipment list



•            BASE  LAYER

o            1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight

o            1 Top - midweight or lightweight

o            Sock Liners

o            Ski Socks

•            MID LAYER

o            Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary

•            OUTERWEAR

o            Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket

o            Schoeller™  Type Pants

o            Warm Hat - should cover ears

o            Sun Hat - baseball type or visor

o            Lightweight Gloves

o            Ski Gloves


•            PERSONAL GEAR

o            Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters

o            Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system

o            Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day

o            Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel

o            Goggles

o            Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof

o            Lip Balm - SPF 15



o            Skis or Snowboard

o            Ski Boots

o            Ski Poles

o            Climbing Skins or Snowshoes for uphill travel

o            Ski Brakes or Removable Ski Leashes


•            SAFETY GEAR

o            Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only

o            Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred

o            Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice


•            OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.

o            Snow Saw - longer saws are better for stability tests

o            Basic Snow Study Kit - dial stem thermometer(s), crystal card, loupe, ruler

o            Notebook and Writing Utensil

o            Down or Synthetic Jacket

o            Winter Snow Boots – Sorel type

o            Thermos - vacuum type

o            Compass - adjustable declination a must

o            Altimeter - Suunto watch works well

o            Map Case - large zip-loc will suffice

o            Maps - contact guiding office for appropriate quadrangles




o            Technical Gear

o            Group 1st Aid Kit