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Level 1 AIARE Avalanche Course in the San Juan Mountains – Take Three

Ski Guide Training for Southwest Adventure Guides
January 14, 2010
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January 16, 2010
Last weekend’s Level 1 Avalanche course was a huge success.  We had numerous folks from around the four corners come for three days of avalanche education.  The weather was beautiful with some cold mornings and clear, blue sky days to make for a educational and enjoyable course.
After the first day of learning in the classroom, we headed out for the next two days of practice in the field.  It was great to see people become proficient with their companion rescue skills, intrigued by the layers in the snow pack, and enjoy great touring to highlight the knowledge that we had learned throughout the course.  We had some great snow to ski/ride as the icing on the cake.  We had planned out some good tours along with alternate plans that resulted in excellent learning by all.  Joined the last day by three individuals refreshing their avalanche skills, everyone had a great time and walked away with a greater understanding of making better decisions in the backcountry.
Aaron
Heading for the top of Prospect Bowl

Gareth heading for the top of Prospect Bowl

Looking toward the top of Prospect Bowl

Looking toward the top of Prospect Bowl

Lots of Skiing

Lots of Skiing in great snow

Dave having fun

Dave after a good run

Stephanie digging out her companion

Stephanie digging out her companion

On the flux line

Meagan on the flux line

Beacon Search

Michael's fine search

Skinning off Red Mountain Pass

Skinning off Red Mountain Pass