Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course - Snoqualmie Pass

There is so much good information in an AIARE Level 1 course, it is worth brushing up on it.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Difficulty Rating System Explained

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.
• 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




o 1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight

o 1 Top - midweight or lightweight

o Sock Liners

o Ski Socks


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


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


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


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


Should I tip my guide? And how much should I tip them? Although tipping is not a requirement it is considered standard practice in the guiding industry and is appreciated by our guides. We generally recommend roughly 10%-15% of your course or trip cost or flat price tip that you are comfortable with.