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Avalanche Course?

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I'll put in another plug for AIARE courses - the only nationally standardized and recognized curriculum in Avie courses in the United States.

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Whatever you choose couple it with reading and time spent observing the snowpack.

 

It seems some of the more experience members of the avalanche community can't be bothered to take the AIARE classes and pay AIARE it's fee - you'd be hardpressed to call Northwest Avalanche Institute "unskilled" and the curriculum is similar.

 

(NSP has had a standardized curriculum for quite a long time)

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Glen Kessler's Mountain Savvy is great. http://www.mountainsavvy.com/ It looks like all of his courses are in Orygun, tho.

 

Also, if you don't mind driving and spending a little extra dough, Roger Averback in the Wallowas is a fun trip. http://www.wingski.com/aval.html

 

You skin 7 mile back in the Wallowas and travel through real backcountry. You even get to ski a few shots, although Roger gets pissed if you ditch class for shots.

 

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I took a level 1 and the following year a refresher through Mountain Madness a few years ago and would do it again. Yep,yep.yep.

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Whatever you choose couple it with reading

 

Agree, if you are looking for a good read, check out "Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard" by Jill Fredston and Doug Fesler

 

 

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I took L1 and L2 with pro guiding a few years ago. The course was great, instructors were very knowledgeable, and I learned things about snow assessment that I use every time I go out. They really emphasize terrain assessment as well as snow conditions as you tour. Its geared towards the ski touring which I liked. The price was very reasonable as well.

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