Yurt-Based AIARE 1 Avalanche Course: Whitefish, MT

Location Whitefish

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy - Moderate

Duration 3 Days

Overview

Located in beautiful Whitefish near the West entrance to Glacier National Park, The Mountain Guides Montana offers avalanche courses and skills clinics to help you begin and refine your avalanche safety and knowledge and help you become a safer, more competent back country adventurer. Instructors Kenny Gasch and Susan Purvis are both instructors for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).  In our AIARE courses we’ve taken it to the next level by providing students with an ideal learning environment for avalanche education with a one-of-a-kind wilderness venue. On our AIARE 1 courses, we have partnered with Great Northern Powder Guides to provide a three day, yurt-based course in the heart of the Stillwater State Forest. Lodging, meals at the yurt and transportation from the highway to the yurt via snowcat are all included.

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We highly encourage every backcountry user to take a Level 1 or 2 AIARE Avalanche Education Course and to follow up with yearly practice, so you enjoy a long lifetime of rewarding backcountry experiences. Along with our AIARE Courses, we offer a number of clinics and opportunities that get you into the mountains to put your back country skills to work!

Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

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Our AIARE Level 1 Courses are designed for people looking to build a foundation for safe Backcountry travel. This comprehensive 3-day course focuses on hazard evaluation, decision-making and companion rescue in avalanche terrain. These courses include proper instruction for basic safety and protocols for safe backcountry travel. Over the 3-days you will learn the skills and tools needed to navigate the winter mountains and evaluate the snowpack when traveling through avalanche terrain.

The course begins at 8 AM the morning of the first day. We will meet at the base lodge of Great Northern Powder Guides located approximately 24 miles North of Whitefish on Hwy. 93 on the left hand side of the road. GNPG is located approximately one mile beyond Dog Creek Lodge and Nordic Center. From there we will be transported via snowcat to Great Northern Powder Guides backcountry yurt. We will be conducting the entire course at the yurt, teaching, learning, eating, sleeping, ski touring, and having a great time. GNPG will pick us back up the afternoon of the third day and take us out and back to the base lodge. You can expect to be back out approximately at 5:00 pm.

The cost of the course includes all AIARE materials and instruction, transportation from the base lodge to the yurt and back, dormitory style lodging at the yurt, and breakfast and dinners while in the field.

AIARE Level I Avalanche Course: Price: $495 Per Person

December 13-15, 2019
December 20-22, 2019
December 27-29, 2019
February 21-23, 2020

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UPPER LAYERS

BOTTOM LAYERS

HEAD AND HANDS

ACCESSORIES

SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)

  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet (optional)

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)

 

 

Accommodations in the Great Northern Powder Guides’ yurt are provided for two nights during the course. We

Because of Mountain Guides Montana Whitefish, Montana location in beautiful Flathead Valley and proximity to Glacier National Park our venues for teaching are one of a kind. Flights come into Glacier International Airport (FCA) daily. Amtrak arrives once per day.

Testimonials

  • JHMG knows there stuff! My instructors provided a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from and an awesome attitude that kept everyone stoked.

    — John Howland
  • Knowledgable instructors and in a setting that inspires.  I learned a lot during my course and look forward to putting my new knowledge to use exploring on snow in the Tetons and beyond.

    — Ben Weaver
  • Very professional! Excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, they know how to facilitate growth of one’s mountain sense.

    — Clinton Culp

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Great Northern Powder Guides creates a unique skiing experience for our clients by having access to both north and south facing slopes of usable terrain. With Great Northern Powder Guides, our guests have the opportunity to ski up to 14,000′ vertical per day. Trees, burned over areas, cleared open areas, glades, pillows, rocks, chutes… you name it, we’ve got it.

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