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  1. Pin point search made easy

    AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Dec 26 -- Dec 28

  2. You will do this

    3 day Intro to Ski Tour...

    Alpental Valley/Snoqualmi...

    : Jan 2 -- Jan 4

  3. Alpental backcountry at its best

    1 Day Ski Touring Intro

    Alpental Valley/Snoqualmi...

    : Jan 3 -- Jan 3

  4. Our outdoor classroom

    AIARE 1 Refresher

    : Jan 4 -- Jan 4

  1. Pin point search made easy

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 6 -- Jan 11

  2. Facets!

    AIARE Level 2 Avalanche C...

    Alpental

    : Jan 8 -- Jan 11

  3. Our outdoor classroom

    AIARE 1 Refresher

    : Jan 10 -- Jan 10

  4. The classic Cascade snowpack.

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 13 -- Jan 18

  1. skiing back down from the Chair Peak basin

    Intro to Ski Touring - t...

    Alpental Backcountry

    : Jan 17 -- Jan 25

  2. Maritime snow climate pit craft!

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Jan 20 -- Jan 25

  3. pinpoint search

    Advanced Transceiver Sear...

    Alpental

    : Jan 25 -- Jan 25

  4. The rarely skied Chair Peak South Shoulder Couloir with the Chair Peak basin below

    Advanced Ski Touring Cour...

    Alpental, WA

    : Jan 25 -- Feb 15

  1. Great light on Mt Snoqualmie, top shack Chair 2 in background.

    Intro to Ski Touring on S...

    Alpental

    : Jan 31 -- Feb 21

  2. Advanced Navigation

    Advanced Navigation

    Alpental

    : Feb 1 -- Feb 1

  3. Beautiful terrain for your first ski tour

    1 Day Ski Touring Intro

    Alpental Valley/Snoqualmi...

    : Feb 1 -- Feb 1

  4. Learn about terrain selection.  Photo by: Fred Hammerquist

    3 day Intro to Ski Tour...

    Alpental Valley/Snoqualmi...

    : Feb 6 -- Feb 8

  1. Advanced terrain assessment

    AIARE Level 2 Avalanche ...

    : Feb 6 -- Feb 9

  2. The basics of a compression test

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Feb 20 -- Feb 22

  3. You will do this

    3 day Ski touring Course

    Alpental Valley/Snoqualmi...

    : Feb 27 -- Mar 1

  4. Maritime snow climate pit craft!

    AIARE Level 1 Avalanche C...

    Snoqualmie Pass

    : Mar 3 -- Mar 8

  1. now really thinking about it

    Kendall Shooting Gallery

    Gold Creek Valley, Centra...

    Guided: Mar 6 -- Mar 8

  2. Advanced Navigation Course

    Advanced Navigation Cours...

    Alpental

    : Mar 7 -- Mar 7

  3. Early morning on Klawatti Col looking towards Eldorado Peak

    Forbidden Tour

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: Mar 12 -- Mar 15

  4. Just about all you need to know. Paul Werner photo

    Fjords of Norway

    Northern Norway

    : Mar 16 -- Mar 21

  1. Mike Hattrup testing a new K2 Shuksan in the Couloir Cosmique in Chamonix.

    Short Bus Adventure Ski W...

    Switzerland

    Guided: Mar 30 -- Apr 4

  2. below the looming Lemah Towers

    Snoqualmie Haute Route

    Alpine Lakes Wilderness

    Guided: Apr 1 -- Apr 5

  3. Baker Summit Ridge

    Mount Baker Bullet Train

    Mt. Baker

    Guided: Apr 5 -- Apr 5

  4. Amazing ski terrain below the Gran Zebru

    Ortler Ski Traverse 2015

    Ortler Range, Italy

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 11

  1. Approaching camp near Ripsaw Ridge

    Spearhead Traverse

    BC Coast Range

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 9

  2. Dave Vanderhoff in his element coming off the Hinter Fiescherhorn. Finsteraarhorn in the background.

    Bernese Oberland Ski Tra...

    Bernese Alps, Switzerland

    Guided: Apr 6 -- Apr 11

  3. the amazing descent down the Forbidden Glacier (Scott Schell photo)

    Forbidden Tour

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: Apr 9 -- Apr 12

  4. Looking east towards Matterhorn and Dent Blanche from the top of Mont Fort

    Haute Route ski tour 2015

    Chamonix, France to Zerma...

    Guided: Apr 13 -- Apr 18

  1. fun near Heliotrope Ridge

    Mount Baker Ski Mountaine...

    : Apr 16 -- Apr 19

  2. Early morning on the Quien Sabe Glacier with  Johannisberg in the back. Andrew McLean photo

    Sahale Peak Ski Touring

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: Apr 18 -- Apr 19

  3. Endless ski touring terrain

    Valdez Ski Touring Week

    Valdez, Alaska

    Guided: Apr 19 -- Apr 24

  4. The classic ski route up Mont Blanc via the Grand Mulets hut

    Mont Blanc and Monte Rosa...

    France and Italy

    Guided: Apr 20 -- Apr 25

  1. Camp on the Quie Sabe Glacier

    Forbidden Tour

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: Apr 30 -- May 3

  2. Mt. Shuksan via the White Salmon Glacier

    Mt. Shuksan via the White...

    North Cascades

    Guided: May 2 -- May 3

  3. Mount Baker 10,781ft.

    Mount Baker Bullet Train

    Mt. Baker

    Guided: May 3 -- May 3

  4. Pickets Ski Traverse

    Pickets Ski Traverse

    North Cascades

    Guided: May 4 -- May 9

  1. Sunrise on the Inspiration Glacier

    Isolation Traverse

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 7 -- May 10

  2. basic climbing in steep snow

    Ski Mountaineering Course...

    North Cascades National P...

    : May 7 -- May 10

  3. Taking a break on the Curtain morain

    Spearhead Traverse Expres...

    BC Coast Range

    Guided: May 8 -- May 10

  4. Waddington's North West summit

    Mt Waddington Ski Expedit...

    Coast Range, B.C., Canada

    Guided: May 8 -- May 17

  1. On the lower Inspiration Glacier Plateau

    Forbidden Express

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 8 -- May 10

  2. Black Buttes Camp with Mount Baker in the background

    Mount Baker Ski Summit Ex...

    Mount Baker in the North ...

    Guided: May 9 -- May 10

  3. Early morning on the Quien Sabe Glacier with  Johannisberg in the back. Andrew McLean photo

    Sahale Peak Ski Touring

    North Cascades National P...

    Guided: May 16 -- May 17

  4. Colfax Peak in the background

    Mount Baker Ski Summit

    Mt. Baker

    Guided: May 22 -- May 24

  1. Baker Summit Ridge

    Mount Baker Bullet Train

    Mt. Baker

    Guided: Jun 7 -- Jun 7

  2. The Kautz Chute from Camp Hazard

    Mount Rainier Climb

    Mount Rainier National Pa...

    Guided: Jul 12 -- Jul 15

  3. The Matterhorn and its famous Hornli Ridge

    Matterhorn Hornli Ridge a...

    Zermatt Valley, Switzerla...

    Guided: Aug 2 -- Aug 6

  4. Kurt Buchwald in the fixed rope section near the shoulder.

    Alps Trilogy: Matterhorn,...

    Switzerland and France

    Guided: Aug 9 -- Aug 18

  1. Pico de Orizaba (18,491 ft / 5636 m) Servimont photo

    Pico de Orizaba Ski Desce...

    Mexico

    Guided: Oct 23 -- Oct 29

Trip Reports

The New Marker Kingpin Binding

The New Marker Kingpin Binding

Summer Clearance Sale

Summer Clearance Sale

Late Season Alpental Ski Touring June 2014

Alpental Ski Touring June, 2014

Martin Volken's Hazard Evaluator

High consequence decision-making is difficult. If time pressures are added to the process, life can become stressful very fast.
I am a mountain guide and guiding service owner and take a lot responsibility over other peoples’ lives. My particular profession involves risk to live and limb. The decision-making process lacks the comforting redundancies of a more procedural risk management process. he decision-making process lacks the comforting redundancies of a more procedural risk management process. Considering that there is always a residual risk in high consequence decision-making, the long-range odds are not stacked favorably for a professional mountain guide. I also had to come to terms with the fact that the average human does not process information optimally in a high stress situation.

Marinelli Couloir ski descent

The first ski descent of the famed Marinelli Couloir in 1969 made Sylvain Saudan officially the "skieur de l'Impossible". Here is a short account by Martin Volken of the history of this amazing 7000 foot ski descent line. 

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