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AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Rescue Course

The AIARE 2 is for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.  

The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where resources are scarce.  

With the change in AIARE curriculum, it is now required for students to take a 1-day Rescue Refresher one-day prior to the start of their AIARE level 2 course. If you have had this training in the last year, you can opt out of this day. Proof of course completion is required.  

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation.

December 13th
Friday
to 16th
Monday
4 days
$500.00
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Stevens Pass Backcountry Skiing Day Tour

Stevens Pass is home to some of the deepest snow and best tree skiing in the Pacific Northwest and is located less than two hours from downtown Seattle. North Cascades Mountain Guides offers traditional backcountry skiing trips, “Out-of-Bounds” skiing from Stevens Pass Mountain Resort and snowmobile-accessed backcountry trips out of Stevens Pass, Lake Wenatchee, Leavenworth, and Blewett Pass.  

We have a multitude of offerings at Stevens Pass from huge multi-peak ski mountaineering objectives to gravity-fed powder skiing inside and outside of the ski area boundary, and offer superb local knowledge of the snowpack, weather, and terrain.

December 14th
Saturday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 15th
Sunday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 16th
Monday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 17th
Tuesday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 18th
Wednesday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 19th
Thursday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 20th
Friday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 21st
Saturday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 22nd
Sunday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 23rd
Monday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 24th
Tuesday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 25th
Wednesday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 26th
Thursday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 27th
Friday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 28th
Saturday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 29th
Sunday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 30th
Monday
7:15AM 8 hours
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December 31st
Tuesday
7:15AM 8 hours
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Washington Pass Backcountry Skiing

A short and fun snowmobile ride up the spectacular North Cascades Highway enables you to access the best backcountry ski and splitboarding terrain in the state. With the annual closure of the North Cascades Highway in the late fall due to heavy snowfalls, the season for backcountry skiing adventure lasts well into April.  

Choose from two scheduled trips per day with up to 4 people per trip.  

Or set up your own custom trip (email info@ncmountainguides.com).

December 14th
Saturday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 14th
Saturday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 15th
Sunday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 15th
Sunday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 16th
Monday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 16th
Monday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 17th
Tuesday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 17th
Tuesday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 18th
Wednesday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 18th
Wednesday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 19th
Thursday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 19th
Thursday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 20th
Friday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 20th
Friday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 21st
Saturday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 21st
Saturday
7:35AM 8 hours
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December 22nd
Sunday
7:30AM 8 hours
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December 22nd
Sunday
7:35AM 8 hours
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AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Rescue Course

This avalanche course is designed for anyone looking to feel more confident traveling and being a contributing group member in avalanche terrain.This program has a pre-course online learning component, plus 24 hours of instruction provided by experienced ski guides and avalanche forecasters. The curriculum is based on the AIARE (American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 curriculum and taught by AIARE trained instructors.  

Course cost includes student manual, AIARE field book, use of avalanche safety equipment, instruction and guiding. Mazama Course has an additional $50 snowmobile fee unless you plan to bring your own sled.  

SKILLS REQUIRED  
Participants should be of intermediate or advanced skiing ability on telemark, alpine touring or snowboarding gear. Backcountry travel will require the use of skins for skis and splitboards for snowboarders (no snowshoes, please). Participants are encouraged to bring their own beacon for use in the course, though NCMG will have Backcountry Acce

December 20th
Friday
to 22nd
Sunday
3 days
$425.00
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Women's Backcountry Series - Backcountry Fundamentals

This one-day clinic will focus on the fundamentals of touring including safety equipment, skinning, transitions, downhill technique, assessing terrain and many other considerations to keep in mind when out touring for the day. This clinic will be conducted in the backcountry at Washington Pass. Participants should be at least advanced skiers or snowboarders. Depending on current conditions this may be a snowmobile accessed ski tour with snowmobiles provided by NCMG.

December 29th
Sunday
8:00AM 8 hours
$225.00
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Japan Skiing

This trip will include 7 days of skiing based out of two locations - Niseko and Furano. Both of these locations offer an unlimited number of options for backcountry tours or "sidecountry" laps at the numerous ski areas. Each day we will travel from our lodge via 4x4 van to find the best snow. On the way, we will grab some lunch at one of Japan's legendary convenience stores (an outstanding cultural experience in its own right!) After a full day of powder skiing, we will soak in one of the local onsens, and follow that up with an amazing dinner. In the morning we will wake up and repeat the process.

January 4th
Saturday
to 11th, 2020
Saturday
8 days
$3,000.00
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January 12th
Sunday
to 19th, 2020
Sunday
8 days
$3,000.00
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Japan Women's Ski Trip

This is a Women's Only Ski Trip guided by both Steph Williams & Larry Goldie.  

This trip will include 7 days of skiing based out of two locations - Niseko and Furano. Both of these locations offer an unlimited number of options for backcountry tours or "sidecountry" laps at the numerous ski areas. Each day we will travel from our lodge via 4x4 van to find the best snow. On the way, we will grab some lunch at one of Japan's legendary convenience stores (an outstanding cultural experience in its own right!) After a full day of powder skiing, we will soak in one of the local onsens, and follow that up with an amazing dinner. In the morning we will wake up and repeat the process.

January 15th
Wednesday
to 22nd, 2020
Wednesday
8 days
$3,000.00
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Women's Backcountry Series - 2 Day Backcountry Intensive

This 2-day intensive course will immerse you in ski-tour planning and touring based out of the NCMG headquarters in Mazama and snowmobile-accessed touring at Washington Pass. We'll meet in Winthrop, Washington on Friday evening to talk about tour planning, review the gear needs for the weekend, and meet our backcountry partners for the next 2 days. Day 1 we will meet to talk about the tour plan for the day, and then we will head to the end of the road and get a briefing on how to operate a snowmobile. Then we will snowmobile to the start of our tour and spend the day touring. Finally, after we return and put the snowmobiles away we will meet and review video footage from the day, debrief on the day and plan for the Day 2 touring. Day 2 will be another full day of ski touring. Participants should be advanced skiers or snowboarders or higher. Previous backcountry touring experience highly recommended.

February 1st
Saturday
to 2nd, 2020
Sunday
8:00AM 2 days
$450.00
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