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March 26, 2014

AIARE Level 2: Snow Geeks Anonymous

It’s a common question, “So what’s the next step in avalanche education?” Well, for some it’s continuing to refresh and sharpen the skills taught in a Level 1. For others it’s stepping out and taking an AIARE Level 2 course. AIARE’s Level 2 is titled “Evaluating Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard” and we lovingly call it “Snow Geeks Anonymous.” Why? Well, a Level 1 focuses on how we make decisions and identify avalanche terrain. So, a Level 2 really delves into the snowpack and how avalanches happen. [+] READ MORE

January 14, 2014

Smart Skiing on a High Hazard Day

I couldn’t believe my eyes; I even refreshed the website a time or two to make sure it wasn’t a fluke. We were several days out from my next avalanche course and the Stevens Pass weather forecast was for snow, snow, and more snow. Starting Wednesday and lasting all through the weekend. This was that epic storm I dream about at night, powder billowing over my head and shoulders. But the storm wasn’t to be without its issues. [+] READ MORE

January 2, 2014

Where's All The Good Snow?

Its funny how a little bit of planning can really pay off. Most things in our lives are rushed and I wonder how many of them would be vastly improved with just a little bit of planning. Dinners, meetings, phone calls, emails…you get the idea. Slowing down and thinking through whatever task is at hand could vastly improve our efficiency and satisfaction. I’d say this past weekend’s AIARE Level 1 course found this experience to be incredibly true. 

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December 13, 2011

Avalanche Awareness Clinics and Courses

Our first AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course has come and gone. But there are still opportunities for you to get into the backcountry and learn some skills and avalanche awareness.

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February 19, 2010

Thank You Stevens Pass!

Harlan Sheppard, one of our most experienced avalanche instructors, recently took a break from being a rock star on the slopes to ask us to send a thank you to an organization that’s been instrumental in our avalanche education programs: Stevens Pass. [+] READ MORE