Snow Science

Winter's here!  Need proof?  My first work for winter was to teach an AIARE 1 course in avalanche science and safety over the first weekend of December.  The photos below are from Day 2.  This course had a unique format for Pro Guiding Service - two evening sessions to take care of classroom subjects, and then two field days.

Pro Guiding Service usually offers this class as three full days - with a classroom and field portion each day.  Its a better format, even if its a little inconvenient.  Historically, this first class of the season was taught in cooperation with a local REI - this year, that arrangement was ended but not before the class filled.  No worries - we found a great venue at the Sammamish Club and ran with it.  And the weather god was good to us and we had a great snowpack to work with.   Two field days to Alpental were wet but very applicable.

Interested in learning more about avalanche safety?  Check out PGS offerings here, and a couple additional private offerings from me here.

Dave Jordan and Erin Smart demonstrating a few simple
field tests in a pit near Alpental.  Photo | Sara Lingafelter

Solveig Waterfall and I doing the same with a second group nearby.
Statistics:  Pro Guiding Service, AIARE 1 Course.  Classroom sessions at the Sammamish Club, Issaquah; field sessions near Alpental Ski Area, Snoqualmie Pass.  3, 5, 8-9 December.