AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course 

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course  with the Northwest Mountain School

Course: Level 1 Avalanche Refresher

Area: Leavenworth, WA and/or Stevens Pass Ski Area

2015-16 Dates:
  • December 5-6, 2015
  • December 12-13, 2015
  • December 19-20, 2014
  • January 17-18, 2016
  • Jan 30-31, 2016
  • February 6-7, 2016
  • February 14-15, 2016
  • March 5-6, 2016
  • Custom Dates Available

Cost: $235 per person

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Cost Includes
Guide fee, demo beacons, shovel, avalanche probe, single-ride lift ticket, all course materials.
Cost Does Not Include
Transportation to/from the course area, personal food, and personal ski equipment.

Client to Guide Ratio: up to 6:1

Registration: Online Registration

Avalanche Course PDFs 

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Feeling a bit rusty on some of the skills acquired during your Level 1 avalanche course. Our AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course provides an opportunity for past AIARE Level 1 course participants to review their skills and to be exposed to new information and techniques that may have been introduced since completion of of your last avalanche course.

Join the planning session of an existing AIARE Level 1 program and then take part in the final touring day of the program. We begin with an indoor review of the basics and then spend a full day outdoors applying those skills. While the basic structure of each Avalanche Refresher Course is the same, we use a portion of the day to cover new beacons, technology, or techniques to provide participants with an update of their avalanche education.

Depending on snow conditions, these programs take place either near Stevens Pass Ski Area or in Icicle Creek Canyon near Leavenworth, WA.

The Classroom portion will include: 

  • Making sense of the avalanche forecast
  • Review of observation checklist
  • Creation of tour plan
  • Review of safety plan

The Field Session will include: 

  • Travel in avalanche terrain
  • Group management
  • Bonding tests
  • Review of new techniques or strategies for assessing stability
  • Strategic shoveling
  • Hazard recognition
  • Strategic shoveling
  • Rescue practice including multiple burials

On custom courses or with small groups, the itinerary can be customized to concentrate on skills that you select. If you would like to do this in one day it must be organized as a custom course.

Sample Itinerary - AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Refresher Course 

Day 1:

3:00 pm - 6:00 PM: Attend planning session of regular AIARE L1 Course.

Day 2:

8:00 am to 4:00 PM: Attend field day on AIARE L1 Course


Completion of AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course

This program takes place on US Forest Service lands under a commercial-outfitter and guide permit. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs & activities and is an equal opportunity provider and employer.