We love skiing. It’s that simple. If you can relate, the Frequent Powder Program is for you. This is our way of rewarding your love of skiing and providing what we think is the best deal going to get you out there! Whether you are looking to develop your backcountry skills, or just want to get the goods when its good, this program gives you the flexibility you need to make the most of your winter.
Stevens Pass is home to some of the deepest snow and best tree skiing in the Pacific Northwest and is located only one and a half hours from downtown Seattle. North Cascades Mountain Guides offers traditional backcountry skiing trips, “Out-of-Bounds” skiing at Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and Snowmobile-Accessed backcountry trips out of Stevens Pass, Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth and Blewett Pass.
NCMG Owners Jeff Ward and Larry Goldie are instructors and examiners for the American Mountain Guides Association guide training and certification programs. Jeff is one of the lead instructors for the AMGA and also serves on the AMGA’s Technical Committee. Larry is an AMGA instructor and examiner that also teaches Level 3 and Instructor training courses for AIARE.
Has it been a few years since your last avalanche course? If so, it might be a good time to refresh your avalanche rescue skills. This program is designed for graduates of an AIARE Level 1 course who want to insure that the rescue skills learned on their course are still fresh in their minds. The day will be spent in the field covering safe travel techniques, strategic shoveling, probing and running through beacon drills as well as full rescue scenarios.
Whether you have just taken your first avalanche course or have been skiing avalanche terrain for decades, this course can help take your terrain assessment skills to the next level. Terrain assessment is the most important skill for moving through avalanche terrain safely and being able to choose the right slope to ride given the avalanche conditions of the day.
This avalanche course is designed for graduates of the AIARE 1 course who are looking to advance their avalanche decision making skills in more complicated terrain.
The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.