Ski Touring & AIARE Avalanche Courses

Pro Guiding Service offers a variety of  courses designed to help you become a proficient backcountry adventurer.  While they are all great stand alone courses, we strongly encourage combining the touring and mountaineering courses with the AIARE avalanche and navigation courses to give you all of the tools necessary to travel safely in the backcountry.  All courses are movement based, meaning you will spend most of your time actively learning in the field, and 100% application based, meaning you will apply every concept that you are introduced to while ski touring in relevant terrain. If the offered course dates don't work for you, please call or email us for a private arrangement.

Ski Touring & AIARE Avalanche Courses
Our class room in the Alpental backcountry

AIARE Avalanche Course Level 1 - Snoqualmie Pass

$375.00

The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain.   You will learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and make appropriate decisions about your travel in the backcountry based on an avalanche forecast.  You will also be introduced to topics such as mountain weather, snow pack analysis, tour planning, hazard recognition and evaluation, transceiver searches, and much more.

Ice Climbing Courses

Ice Climbing Courses

$200.00
Alpental offers excellent access to surprisingly good ice climbing and bolted mixed climbing. You'll only have to tour or snow shoe about 30 minutes to get to our training spot. Both of these very technical disciplines are fun in their own right and can be used as excellent training for aggressive alpine routes.
1-Day Intro to Ski Touring Course - Crystal Mountain

1-Day Intro to Ski Touring Course - Crystal Mountain

$215.00

This course is a safe and fun introduction to the sport of backcountry skiing. You will learn about backcountry ski gear and the basics of ski touring while actually touring around the Crystal Mountain backcountry with certified ski guides.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

$150.00

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.

4-Day Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course

4-Day Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course

$820.00
Our Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course is the perfect course the already experienced back country skier who is interested in exploring ski mountaineering in glaciated terrain. It is also suited as a preparation for multi-day ski tours that are not hut supplied. The course takes place on the north side of Mount Baker on the Coleman Glacier.
AIARE Avalanche Course Level 1 - Crystal Mountain

AIARE Avalanche Course Level 1 - Crystal Mountain

$400.00

The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain.   You will learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and make appropriate decisions about your travel in the backcountry based on an avalanche forecast.  You will also be introduced to topics such as mountain weather, snow pack analysis, tour planning, hazard recognition and evaluation, transceiver searches, and much more.

Pit craft learned the right way

AIARE Avalanche Course Level 2 - Snoqualmie Pass

$420.00

The AIARE level 2 course provides backcountry travellers the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills by applying them to more complicated terrain and situations.  You will learn to describe and discuss weather, snowpack, and avalanche processes, and identify how they relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.  

On the North Slopes of Chair Peak

3-Day Ski Touring Course - Snoqualmie Pass

$475.00

The best way to become a backcountry skier is to take a backcountry skiing course. The ski touring course we offer just one hour away from Seattle in the Alpental backcountry is a stand alone course. We would like to enourage you to combine the ski touring course with one of our AIARE Level 1 courses.

Navigation in the Cascades

Advanced Navigation Course

$190.00
Navigating in the mountains is one of the most important skills a climber, mountaineer, backcountry skier or hiker can acquire. 
The course consists of an evening lecture in North Bend (WA) and a subsequent nighttime ski tour that will be conducted in the dark.

 


3-Day Splitboarding Course

3-Day Splitboarding Course

$475.00
If you have been waiting for the opportunity to explore life beyond the ski lifts, then the 3-day Intro to Splitboarding course is for you. The sport of splitboarding is progressing at a rapid rate and with equipment innovation comes a rapidly evolving skill set. Come join us if you want to make the most of a powder filled backcountry day!
AIARE Avalanche Course Level 1 - Splitboard

AIARE Avalanche Course Level 1 - Splitboard

$375.00

This avalanche course is geared around the backcountry splitboard user who does not have any avalanche safety training yet. This course is for splitboarders only and is taught by our splitboard instructor, Jere Burrell. It is a judgment-building course packed with information. In the AIARE Level 1, you will be introduced to topics such as mountain weather, different snow packs, tour planning, hazard recognition and evaluation, snow pack analysis, transceiver search and much more.

Touring in  Boston Basin

4-Day Ski Mountaineering Course in Boston Basin

$820.00

Boston Basin is located in the heart of the North Cascades National Park and lies at the foot of the famous Forbidden Peak. The Boston Basin area quite possibly provides one of the best ski mountaineering course settings in the lower 48 states. You will be taught an amazing curriculum by AMGA or IFMGA certified guides.

Quick ski transitions

Advanced Ski Touring Course - Snoqualmie Pass

$700.00

This four-day course will build on your previous backcountry skiing experience. Our February course will be conducted over 4 consecutive days and our March course will be conducted over two consecutive weekends.

Splitboard Mountaineering

Splitboard Mountaineering

$820.00
Want to take your backcountry splitboarding skills to the next level?
Our new Mount Baker Splitboard Mountaineering Course is the perfect course for the already experienced backcountry splitboarder who is interested in exploring splitboard mountaineering in glaciated terrain. It is also suited as preparation for multi-day tours that are not hut supplied. The course takes place on the north side of Mount Baker on the Coleman Glacier. Geared for any who have a passion for the backcountry and a desire to explore further.
 Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course - Snoqualmie Pass

Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course - Snoqualmie Pass

$200.00

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

1-Day Intro to Splitboarding Course

1-Day Intro to Splitboarding Course

$200.00
If you have been waiting for the opportunity to explore life beyond the ski lifts, try it for a day with our Intro to Splitboarding Course. The sport of splitboarding is progressing at a rapid rate and with equipment innovation comes a rapidly evolving skill set. Come join us if you want to make the most of a powder filled backcountry day!
3-Day Ski Touring Course - Crystal Mountain

3-Day Ski Touring Course - Crystal Mountain

$575.00

The best way to become a backcountry skier is to take a backcountry skiing course. The ski touring course we offer in the Crystal Mountain backcountry, just under 2 hours from Seattle, will teach you how to plan and execute your own backcountry adventure. We would like to encourage you to combine the ski touring course with one of our AIARE Level 1 courses.

Pineapple basin (Hammerquist photo

1-Day Intro to Ski Touring Course - Snoqualmie Pass

$200.00

This course is a safe and fun introduction to the sport of backcountry skiing. You will learn about backcountry ski gear and the basics of ski touring while actually touring around the Snoqualmie Pass backcountry with certified ski guides.

Women's Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course and Summit

Women's Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course and Summit

$680.00
Are you a lady wanting to take your backcountry skiing to the next level?
Our Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course is the perfect course for the already experienced backcountry skier who is interested in exploring ski mountaineering in glaciated terrain. It is also suited as preparation for multi-day ski tours that are not hut supplied. The course takes place on the north side of Mount Baker on the Coleman Glacier. Geared for women who have a passion for the backcountry and a desire to explore further.