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    livetoride
    10 Posts

    Yep, time to get certified, bonified, trained up. I know enough to know I don’t know enough so we’re looking for Level I courses this season. N ID, E WA, BC area. I think Schweitzer offers avy training as well. Our local Ranger District also puts on several basic knowledge classes throughout the winter. Anyone have any experience with these outfits?

    The Snow School, Sandpoint ID.
    Anybody know Shep? I’ve heard great things about him and his program, this is the one we’re leaning towards.
    http://www.thesnowschool.com

    Rossland Mountain Adventures, Rossland BC
    Taught at Red Mountain
    http://www.rosslandmtadventures.com/newavalanche.htm

    Peak Freaks, Nelson BC
    http://www.peakfreaks.com/avalanche_courses.htm

    AIARE Listings
    http://www.avtraining.org

    Any advice on what to look for in a Level I course? We want the most on-snow time, and probably an outfit that provides transceivers, etc as most of us don’t have all the gear yet. Thanks for any knowledge.

    #591143
    eknomf
    34 Posts

    I took mine through the American Alpine Institute in Bellingham and would recommend it. Their website is here -http://www.mtnguide.com/. It was about 7 hours in a classroom and 12 on the snow. The instructors were really experienced and knowledgeable. I found that their classroom presentation was alright( I could tell 1 of them wasn’t used to teaching in that setting), but once you actually got in the snow the guys were really good at teaching the material. I think they have all the gear available to rent as well.

    I just noticed you meant E WA only – still a good place for others to do it in the western part.

    #591144
    jcocci
    699 Posts

    @eknomf wrote:

    I took mine through the American Alpine Institute in Bellingham and would recommend it. Their website is here -http://www.mtnguide.com/. It was about 7 hours in a classroom and 12 on the snow. The instructors were really experienced and knowledgeable. I found that their classroom presentation was alright( I could tell 1 of them wasn’t used to teaching in that setting), but once you actually got in the snow the guys were really good at teaching the material. I think they have all the gear available to rent as well.

    I just noticed you meant E WA only – still a good place for others to do it in the western part.

    My girlfriend and I are taking a course with AAI this month (2/16-2/18). (the day after we get back from Mexico. Will be nice and tan for the course 🙂 ) I heard that their Avy courses are pretty good.

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