Avalanche Awareness Courses
If you plan to go play in the snowy mountains, consider learning avalanche skills to keep safe and aware. 

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

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche

Once again it's time for one of the Foothills signature course-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 Snoqualmie Pass backcountry. 

All participants in this course should have good over snow ability be it ski or snowboard, 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 individuals with similar skills, fitness, and mode of travel. Come join us for 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 8,10,15,17  Mercer Island Community Center 6:30 to 9:00 pm
  • Jan19, 20      Field Session Snoqualmie BC  7:00 am-5:30 pm (1/2 of class)
  • Jan 26,27       Field Session Snoqualmie BC  7:00 am-5:30 pm (1/2 of class)         
Course Fee:  Member: $350,  Non-Members: $450                               

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Have questions? Email  
avy@foothillswinter.org for answers.