IMG Winter Ski & Avalanche Training Programs
Come join us this winter for world class training in snow travel and avalanche evaluation. We have a variety of courses from one day to multi-day overnights designed for all levels of outdoors enthusiasts.
Ski & Avalanche Training Courses on Mt. Rainier
- AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course »
Whether you are new to exploring the mountains during the winter or want to freshen up on your snow and avalanche skills, you'll find topics covered in this course tailored to the backcountry recreationist. This curriculum meets and exceeds all guidelines put forth by the American Avalanche Association's Education Committee for an Avalanche Level 1 course. All three days are held at our Headquarters in Ashford WA, with bunkroom lodging included on site for both nights of the course and group transport into the Park for field training. (2-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Add-On available for the December 16-18, 2016 program only.)
- AIARE Avalanche Level 2 Course »
The four day AIARE Level 2 course builds on the foundation of the AIARE Level 1 Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain. In this more advanced course we'll discuss: Being a leader within your travel group; traveling without the support of an avalanche bulletin and traveling in complex avalanche terrain. Our emphasis will be on understanding and analyzing snow stability to determine safe routes of travel to our objectives in the mountains. All four nights are held at our Headquarters in Ashford, WA, with bunkroom lodging included for all three nights of the course and group transport into the Park for field training.
- 2-Day Backcountry Ski Touring Add-on »
Instruction in back country ski touring is offered as an add-on to select AIARE Level 1 courses. This program completes the package to start you off in the mountains with a solid set of skills to help enjoy winter conditions on your skis or snowboard. After completing the AIARE Level 1 avalanche class, you'll spend the next two days skiing out of the Paradise area and learning the latest techniques for skiing off piste and risk assessment as you travel in the backcountry with our skilled instructors. December 19-20, 2016 (following immediately after the Dec 16-18 AIARE Level 1 course) or by private scheduling for groups of 2 or more.
- 5½-Day Mt. Rainier Ski Traverse »
Come join us for an unforgettable ski and ski mountaineering training experience. It is not an exaggeration to say that Mt. Rainier has some of the world's finest alpine ski mountaineering terrain. You will be training and skiing on a wide variety of fantastic terrain including glaciers, chutes, and long descents during the course of a traverse across the lower flanks of Mt. Rainier from Paradise to the Carbon River Entrance below 10,000 feet. Programs are guided by our AMGA certified ski guides.
At IMG's headquarters in Ashford, WA, we are nestled right at the foot of iconic Mt Rainier and Washington's highest year round trail head at Paradise, 5440'. We will capitalize on the excellent access to world class winter terrain in a variety of topographic and snowpack settings. Learning how to identify and travel in avalanche terrain below, at, and above tree line, will give us the skills we need to plan and carry out exciting and safe backcountry tours. IMG's headquarters will serve as our base of operations with access to local weather and avalanche information. We can take full advantage of our base facilities to focus on tour planning and efficient learning. You can't ask for a better place to learn the skills needed to be explore the mountains during the winter.
Lodging and Transportation INCLUDED
Lodging is provided at IMG's headquarters in Ashford, WA for each night during the program. Group transportation to the trailhead will be provided each day. Meals are on your own, but a fully equipped kitchen is available at IMG.
Lowest Instructor to Student Ratio
IMG has always focused on the highest quality experience for its students. With an instructor to student ratio of 1:5 you'll receive the best possible educational opportunity.
Training and Fitness
To learn more about training for this seminar, please read our Training Suggestions for Mt. Rainier.
Avalanche Training Courses at Crystal Mountain
- Avalanche Level 1 and 2 Courses »
IMG offers the highest quality avalanche programs available in the Northwest for the serious backcountry skier and climber. Our Level I (Hazard Evaluation) and Level II (Forecasting) courses meet or exceed the education guidelines of the American Avalanche Association and qualify for certification. IMG's avalanche instructors are well known in the professional avalanche community and are among the most experienced professionals in avalanche education, forecasting, control, guiding, and research in the industry.
- Cascades Backcountry Ski Mountaineering »
Have you ever wondered what the skiing is like beyond the ski area? Crystal Mountain offers some of the best and most easily accessed backcountry skiing in the Northwest. International Mountain Guides and Crystal Mountain have teamed up to offer guided backcountry ski mountaineering and snowboard instructional tours. This is your opportunity to experience this phenomenal terrain and learn the skills with the added security and direction of an AMGA accredited guide service.