Avalanche Awareness Courses
If you plan to go play in the snowy mountains, consider learning avalanche skills to keep safe and aware.  We offer a basic Avalanche Awareness course that is an introduction to avalanche concepts.    

l 1 Avalanche course provides an in-depth information for the student who plans to adventure into off-piste conditions.

Avalanche Awareness  - Companion Rescue

The Avalanche Awareness course provides an introduction to the avalanche phenomena. This class is a prerequisite for signing up for most Mountaineer trips (except for basic Nordic trips), and required to graduate from most of the Winter sport courses. 

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the Avalanche Awareness course students should be able to:
  • Recognize avalanche terrain.
  • Learn best practices search techniques using beacon and probe.
Course Fee:  Member: $60.00 / Non Member: $75.00

Course Schedule:  Check back in 2018.

Have questions? Email  avy@foothillswinter.org

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche

Once again it's time for one of the Foothills signature courses- AIARE 1. Join the Foothills AIARE 1 instructors and Pro Guide Service of North Bend for this course "Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain". This course introduces students to the avalanche phenomena, the types and characteristics of avalanches, and identifying and planning safe routes and travel in avalanche terrain. The course has a major focus on developing solid group communication skills and how individual members of a group can learn to recognize and mitigate group dynamics that can lead to potential increased risk taking. You will also learn how to react in an avalanche emergency, use your avalanche beacon, rescue tools, and techniques to locate victims of an avalanche.

The course consists of four evening lecture/presentation sessions on Mercer Island and a full weekend on snow with a your appointed group. You will get the opportunity to put into action all that you have learned and use the AIARE tool kit with your Foothills AIARE instructor. The weekend sessions start at 7:00 am and finish at 5:00pm and we will travel through the Snoqalmie Pass backcoutry. 

All participants in this course should have good over snow ability be it ski, snowboard, or snowshoe as this course does include two full days of group travel in varying snow covered terrain. Students will be asked to fill out a skills and fitness questionnaire we will use this questionnaire to place you in a group of similar skilled, fitness, and mode of travel individuals. Come join us for a some fun and a great as well as potentially life saving course. If you have any questions regarding this course please feel free to email avy@foothillswinter.org.

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the Level 1 course students should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Recognize avalanche terrain.
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue.
Course Schedule:
  • Jan 9,11,16, 18 at Mercer Island Community Center 6:30 to 9:00pm
  • Jan 20, 21      Field Session  Snoqualmie BC  7:00 am to 5:30 pm
Course Fee:  Member: $300,  Non-Members: $400                               

  Sign up on the Mountaineers website!
Have questions? Email  
avy@foothillswinter.org for answers.