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Tue, Dec 13



Avalanche Hazard Management - AIARE Level 1 Course

Learn how to safely navigate mountain terrain in snow country! This course will teach you how to use avalanche safety equipment, assess conditions, and work in a group over 2 days of classroom instruction and 2 days out in the field + plus a stay in a cabin near the field days!

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Avalanche Hazard Management - AIARE Level 1 Course
Avalanche Hazard Management - AIARE Level 1 Course

Time & Location

Dec 13, 2022, 6:00 PM – Dec 18, 2022, 6:00 PM

Gearhouse, 434 Yale Ave N Suite B, Seattle, WA 98109, USA


About the event

Begin your avalanche education with our AIARE Level 1 program through Cascade Mountain Ascents. This four-day course meets the highest standards in avalanche education and provides backcountry skiers and riders with an introduction to avalanche hazard management. The AIARE Level 1 course provides students with tools for basic tour planning and travel techniques, decision-making in the field, and avalanche rescue techniques.

Day 1 and 2 Classroom: December 13-14, 6pm

We’ll put in two days of class sessions to get ready for the field. Lectures will build on pre-course materials and will cover avalanche basics, terrain, decision making. These sessions will be interactive and engaging, so come ready to learn and participate! 

Day 3 and 4 Field days: December 17-18

We’ll spend a full day in the field covering snowpack observation and rescue skills. Our second field day will focus on moving with the group, terrain recognition, and communication. We will implement a tour plan and practice our group management during up and downhill travel. The day will conclude with a debrief and feedback to help students keep learning beyond the course close.

Included: Student handbook, field notebook, evening lectures and field instruction

Extra fee for gear

The field sessions will be held at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles (a 3 hour drive from Seattle). We will be renting a house for participants to stay in from Friday-Sunday to make it easier to get to the field locations. This will be a shared house, meaning you will have to share rooms with other participants. Carpools are encouraged!

Important information about pricing:

For each registration, select

1. Course ticket- either Gearhouse member or non-member

2. Gear if needed

3. House rental if needed


  • Gearhouse Member Course Ticket

    $500 ticket plus 10% Seattle sales tax

    +$13.75 service fee
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  • Non-Member Course Ticket

    $550 plus 10% tax

    +$15.13 service fee
  • Non-Member Gear

    $200 gear rental plus 10% tax

    +$5.50 service fee
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  • Group Cabin Rental!

    Come stay in a cabin with us the night before each field day so you don't have to drive back and forth from the Olympic Peninsula. Please note that this is available only to members! And we don't guarantee a private room in order to make this as affordable as possible. $200 plus 10% tax

    +$5.50 service fee
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  • Member Waitlist

  • Non-Member Waitlist

    We'll email you on November 23rd if members don't snap up all the tickets! Guarantee your spot by becoming a member today.

  • Member Cohort Booking

  • Seasonal Gear Rental

    Rent gear all season long with an option to purchase at 30% off retail value at end of season ($600 value). $525 + tax.

    +$14.50 service fee



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