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MEC Advanced Avalanche Safety

Alpine Snow Safety, Avalanche Awareness, Transceiver & Rescue Skills


  • Avalanche Awareness 201: Observations to Decision Making
  • Avalanche Terrain Identification: Hazard Avoidance Through Route Selection
  • Case Study of Avalanche Accidents
  • Decision Making Awareness


Field exercises are designed to give students practical experience identifying and evaluating avalanche terrain, introduction to weather and snowpack observations, and practice performing organized response to avalanche accidents.

  • Avalanche Terrain Identification
  • Route Selection & Hazard Avoidance
  • Introduction to Weather & Snowpack Observation Skills
  • Multiple Rescue Scenarios


  • Lift tickets for non-passholders for field components. Curriculum assumes participants have the ability to ski or snowboard terrain typical to backcountry runs. Students will be accessing more/most difficult (blue/black) named runs within the ski area.


  • Skis/Snowboard as we will be moving about the ski area during the field sessions.
  • Backcountry rescue gear and outerwear appropriate for field sessions.
  • Optional: Weather observation tools.

Class meets for morning session in the MEC classroom, 2nd floor, Heather Meadows Aid Room at 9:00am. The afternoon session ends at approximately 4:00pm.

MEC Advanced Avalanche Safety • COURSE INFO

A Saturday & Sunday Jan 25 & 26
B Saturday & Sunday Feb 1 & 2
C Saturday & Sunday Feb 22 & 23
Session Duration 14 Hours Total • 9:00am to 4:00PM
Session Cost $135 Current Mt. Baker Passholders
$175 Non-Passholders
Class Size min. 10 / max. 18