Wednesday, November 22, 2017

AIARE Courses with Chago - author of MCS blog

The snowpack continues to build up at higher elevations with average snow depths near 50 cm at most mountain passes. Meanwhile, many of us are getting our gear ready for the upcoming winter, and anticipating another winter filled with powder days!

Late November is a great time to plan for avalanche education. The newest AIARE avalanche course provider in Idaho is Avalanche Science. AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 courses will be taught for the very first time at Mores Creek Summit in the Boise Mountains. Now you can take an avalanche course near Boise and kiss goodnight your kids at your Boise home after an avalanche course field day! Besides, backcountry skiers will be able to learn about avalanche and snow science while skiing the best lines at Pilot and Freeman Peaks.

Do not wait long to sign up. These courses are designed for very small groups and space is limited. We already have full bookings for some of the dates that are not advertised in the above image. In addition we have an innovative format where the AIARE Level 1 course also includes the AIARE Rescue course, all in three days. Starting this winter, the AIARE Rescue course is a pre-requsite for AIARE L2 courses.

Not only these courses are small in size and enjoy an intimate student to instructor ratio, but participants get with the course scientific grade digital thermometer, snow crystal observation magnifier, lexan crystal card, and a weather-proof field book. Participants will also enjoy newly developed online educational content.

Check SKIPILOTS.COM or AVYSCIENCE.COM for other offerings, such as the Exploring Mores Creek Summit at a very attractive first year introductory rate. There are other avalanche educational tracks such as avalanche skills refreshers, PRO1 preparation course, as well as other programs at International venues in the Andes and the Pyrenees.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Avalanche Education at Mores Creek Summit

Winter is rapidly approaching.  It is that time when we become anxious waiting for snow. It is also that time when some of us revisit the final days of last season!

Bountiful 2017 winter - Copper Mountain - Banner Summit  on May
Somewhere in Banner Summit last May 2017

It is also that time of year when the Mores Creek Summit blog is prep for the upcoming season. You might notice changes to the Mores Creek Summit blog appearance, in particular to the "resources" sidebar. There are a number of links that provide valuable information to backcountry skiers venturing into Idaho's Winterland that were not obvious to some in lasts years format. This year format makes the resources links more accessible.


Avalanche Education is coming to Mores Creek Summit. Avalanche Science LLC will be offering avalanche courses after obtaining a "Special Use Permit" from the USFS as well as an Outfitter and Guiding license from the State of Idaho. 

For details about avalanche courses at Mores Creek Summit visit:

This website is named after Pilot Peak, the highest peak at Mores Creek Summit. At this website, you will find avalanche course dates for the 2018 Winter. Avalanche Science is encouraging group reservations for these courses, which should not be difficult considering that the number of participants is capped at six. These courses are designed as a full three-day skiing experience, which is maximized with a small class size. 

Having Mores Creek Summit become a venue for avalanche education is exciting at many levels. These NEW courses make avalanche education accessible to many since it takes a short drive, roughly 50 miles from Boise, to access Mores Creek Summit backcountry skiing trailheads. In other words - for some, it will be now possible to sleep at their Boise home when participating in an avalanche class. For others, flying from Seattle, Portland, or San Francisco, will be able to enjoy Boise amenities while completing their avalanche certification during a leisure weekend. Furthermore, all course participants will be able to sample and enjoy some of the best powder skiing the wild mountains of Idaho has to offer.

Avalanche Level 1 and Level 2 courses at Mores Creek Summit will exceed the new re-enacted American Avalanche Association (AAA) requirements. Each course will also include the new AAA rescue module at no additional cost. Certification from AAA Certified Instructor as well as AIARE will be provided to course participants.