Our answer to the question: "I've taken my Avalanche Level 1, how do I safely improve my travel skills in the backcountry?" Greatly expand your confidence and competence traveling in avalanche terrain by spending a day in the backcountry of Snoqualmie Pass or Crystal with a professional ski guide and AIARE certified avalanche instructor.
This ski tour day is intended to build on the knowledge and travel skills learned in an AIARE 1 or similar avalanche course. We'll review the avalanche forecast for the day, make a trip plan, and with the help of our guides, travel through avalanche terrain on a day tour. The focus will be to have a fun ski tour, but also to answer any avalanche related questions, and give participants an insight into how we as guides and avalanche professionals move safely through the mountains. A great way to gain experience as you prepare for a Level 2 Avalanche Course, or learn for your own personal day tours.
Please note, the price is $185 for Snoqualmie. Due to additional fees charged by Crystal Mountain Ski Resort, if you, your group, and your guide decide to go to Crystal, $15 will be added to the course cost.
Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental. Go to Pro Ski and Mountain Service Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
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 Sunscreen - SPF 25+, waterproof
o Lip Balm - SPF 15+
SKI OR SNOWBOARD GEAR
o Skis or Splitboard
o Ski or Snowboard Boots
o Climbing Skins
o Ski Brakes or Removable 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 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
GROUP GEAR PROVIDED BY PGS
o Technical Gear
o Group 1st Aid Kit
Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental.
Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999. The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
This one-day course is designed for backcountry recreationalists and aspiring professionals to take at least every other year to build and maintain proficiency in avalanche rescue techniques and to keep up to date on best practices in rescue techniques and gear. This course is also a prerequisite for AIARE Level 2. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills.
Offered weekly January through April! The Crystal Mountain backcountry holds a collection of backcountry skiing gems that should not be missed. There are couloirs to ski, peaks and slopes with views hard to find, and hidden powder lines to discover. Come and discover it with us. Offered weekly January through April.
There is so much good information in an AIARE Level 1 course, it is worth brushing up on it.