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Wallowa Alpine Huts offers AIARE Level I and II avalanche courses designed for "the earn your turn" skier/rider. Students work together in small groups during the field sessions, 5 students to 1 instructor. Course emphasis is on risk management and group dynamics in addition to the traditional focus on terrain, weather, and snowpack.

American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education progession/curriculum

Course instructors are AIARE certified have many years experience in mountain guiding and backcountry snow assessment. You earn a certificate and have ample opportunity to learn and ask questions. Town based courses meet at a trailhead for field days returning to town each evening.

AIARE LEVEL I Town-based: Jan. 16-18, 2015. Cost $300

  • This course is for current and aspiring backcountry users
  • Three day, 24 hour course
  • AIARE based curriculum and meets AAA guidelines
  • The goal of this course is to give the backcountry user the tools and knowledge necessary to understand avalanche hazard and practice safe backcountry travel techniques.

AIARE LEVEL II Town-based: Jan. 8-11, 2015. Cost $500

  • This course is for aspiring backcountry tour group leaders, advanced recreationists, and current or aspiring snow professionals.
  • Four day, 32 hour course.  ****Prerequisite:  Current Level 1 training and several years of backcountry experience required
  • AIARE based curriculum and meets AAA guidelines
  • The goal of this course is to give advanced recreationists , operations-based professionals, and current or aspiring guides a deepened understanding of avalanche and snowpack processes, and develop the skill-set necessary to become proficient practitioners, observers, and backcountry leaders.

SKI MOUNTAINEERING SKILLS TRAINING--April--4-day/3-night, all meals, lodging(in town nght before course), bedding, instructors. Cost $950
Description: Held at the 7,000 foot elevation Norway Yurt, this camp is perfect for skiers and snowboarders who would like to further develop skills in mountaineering and steep skiing techniques. The goal is to give each participant the experience in snow climbing and skiing to join ventures to other snowy mountain ranges of the world. During the course we will ascend several of southern Wallowa Mountain summits and descend couloirs. This particular alpine location is perfect for developing exposed travel skills and providing opportunities for technical ski/board descents. Spring also provides opportunities for splendid corn skiing or the chance to do some really great powder skiing in the high alpine bowls weather permitting. It is an excellent opportunity for skiing and exploring lines of the range that are inaccessible during the winter months.

Curriculum: During the four days we will focus on skiing in technical alpine terrain and incorporating clinics in snow climbing, the proper use of ice axe, rope, and additional safeguards while ski mountaineering. Mountain weather, route selection and group management, along with evaluating avalanche and other objective hazards will be considered while traveling each day. While skill development and alpine objectives are themes of the course, we will take time to also relax, ski, and enjoy each day in the incredible southern Wallowas. 

General campware, shelter, food and cookware will be provided by WAH. Participants will need to provide their own personal equipment. 

For more information please contact WAH: (541) 398-1980