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

Avalanche Course - AIARE Level 1 - Snoqualmie Pass

$375.00

This 3-day 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.  Upon completion you will receive a Level 1 certificate from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

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.

Avalanche Companion Rescue Course - AIARE

Avalanche Companion Rescue Course - AIARE

$150.00

This 1-day course focuses specifically on the scenario: an avalanche just happened, somebody was caught, Now What?!  It focuses on searching with your avalanche beacon, probing and shoveling techniques, and improving your response time while managing people and scene safety.  This course is a great stand-alone course, and it is a prerequisite for the AIARE Level 2. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills.

4-Day Ski Mountaineering Course on Mt Baker

4-Day Ski Mountaineering Course on Mt Baker

$820.00
Our Mount Baker Ski Mountaineering Course is the perfect course for 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.
Avalanche Mentorship Ski Tour Day

Avalanche Mentorship Ski Tour Day

$185.00
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.
Avalanche Course - AIARE Level 1 - Crystal Mountain

Avalanche Course - AIARE Level 1 - Crystal Mountain

$400.00

This 3-Day 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.   Upon completion you will receive a Level 1 certificate from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

Pit craft learned the right way

Avalanche Course - AIARE Level 2 - Snoqualmie Pass

$420.00

This Level 2 Avalanche 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.   Upon completion you will receive a Level 2 certificate from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

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.

 


Avalanche Course - AIARE Level 1 - Splitboard Only

Avalanche Course - AIARE Level 1 - Splitboard Only

$375.00

This 3-Day Level 1 Avalanche Course is an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain. This course is for splitboarders only and is taught by our splitboard instructor, Jere Burrell.  You will learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and make appropriate decisions about your tarvel 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.  Upon completion you will receive a Level 1 certificate from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).

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.

 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.

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.

4-Day Women's Ski Mountaineering Course on Mt Baker

4-Day Women's Ski Mountaineering Course on Mt Baker

May 30, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019

$820.00

Do you want 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.