Friday, December 23, 2011

AIARE Avalanche Level I

just got done teaching my third AIARE Avalanche 1 course of the season.  these courses have one classroom day in Bellingham followed by two days in the Mt. Baker ski area backcountry.  For the most part the weather has been pretty cooperative, and despite the low snow pack, we have managed to get in a few good turns.

Route finding in the backcountry.
Terrain trap.
Navigation in poor weather.
Skinning uphill

Rimmed trees.

Rimed trees at Herman saddle

Not the best skinning conditions.  

The weather for this last class was forecast to be awful (mid 30's and raining).  Saturday turned out pretty nice.  Sunday had such a bad forecast I made the decision to not take my camera out.  Turns out it was a pretty nice day also.  All these photos are from near Artist Point on Saturday.  

Skinning toward Artist Point.

Erin's Group on the ridge getting ready to head down.  

Erin, showing us how its done.  


Nice turn!

Skiing off Artist Point.
Alasdair Turner, Instructor and Guide

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