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Nordic/Cross-country Ski Course, 2014

Revised January 1, 2014

Course Resources:
  • Trail Etiquette
  • Course Brochure

Course code: 36957
Class size minimum: 20
Class size maximum: 40
Non-members allowed enrollment: Yes
Member cost: $95.00
Non-member cost: $115.00
Trail pass at Stevens Pass included in fee.

The Everett Branch of the Mountaineers offers our Nordic/cross-country ski course during January-February. This course is designed especially for the beginning skier. This is an opportunity to learn the basics of cross country skiing and to explore the wide range of skiing opportunities both off-track and on groomed trails. More experienced skiers are also welcome to join us to brush up on technique, make new friends and skiing partners, and to share their knowledge and enthusiasm with the class. More experienced students will ski greater distances and build on existing skills, but the emphasis for everyone is on fun and safety.

Location: The lectures will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Evergreen Middle School library, 7621 Beverly Lane, in Everett. The field trips will consist of three days of skiing instruction and practice to be conducted tentatively on the groomed trails of Lake Wenatchee State Park, Stevens Pass Nordic Center, and a third location (ungroomed trail) TBA. The student to instructor ratio should be no greater than five to one and hopefully less. Field trips are organized to be enjoyable, non-competitive experiences where students learn how to do the diagonal stride, turn on gentle slopes, slow down and fall safely.

Tours: Students must participate in at least one club-sponsored ski tour and are invited to participate in others throughout the winter. A list of tours will be distributed in class and will also be listed on the Club web site. To find and sign up for a trip, go to www.mountaineers.org, click on "EXPLORE >> SKIING & SNOWBOARDING" activity.

Graduation: To officially graduate, students must attend the class lectures, complete the three field trips, and complete one club-sponsored ski tour. Graduates will be presented with a certificate at the Annual Awards Banquet in November 2014.

Registration: The Nordic Skiing course is open to both mountaineer members and the general public. For registration deadline refer to course schedule below.

Course Cost: $95.00 for members; $115.00 for non members. This includes the cost of a trail pass at the Stevens Pass Nordic Ski Center.

Equipment and Fees: Students are responsible for providing their own equipment. If you do not own equipment, we recommend that you rent until you determine the type most appropriate for the skiing that you will be doing. Additional student costs include a share of the Sno-Park permit for drivers of vehicles, typically around $10. Students should also be prepared to share transportation costs with those who volunteer to drive.

Enrollment: You can enroll on line at through the Activity Sign-up at www.mountaineers.org/36957.

COURSE SCHEDULE:

Date

Activity

Description

Time, Location

Oct. 3, 2013

Registration Starts

 

 

Jan. 8, 2014

Registration Ends

Registration ends when class is full or on this date.

 

Jan. 9, 2014

Lecture 1

Clothing and equipment

6:30 pm, Evergreen Middle School Library, 7621 Beverly Lane

Jan. 18, 2014

Field Trip 1

All day.

Kahler Glen

Jan. 23, 2014

Lecture 2

Winter Hazards, Ski Techniques, Avalanche Safety, Ski Maintenance

6:30 pm, Evergreen Middle School Library, 7621 Beverly Lane

Jan. 25, 2014

Field Trip 2

All day. Groomed trails of various difficulty.

Stevens Pass Nordic Center

Feb. 8, 2014

Field Trip 3

All day. Ungroomed road or trails.

TBA

Oct. 1, 2014

Graduation Petition Due

Complete class requirements (1 club-sponsored ski tour between Feb-April) and petition the Ski Committee to receive certificate at Annual Banquet.

 

For more course information, contact...

Rachel Sadri, Course Coordinator, rachelsadri@gmail.com, 206-890-8881



Backcountry Ski & Snowboard Course
"Exploring the Cascades"

Revised October 12, 2013

Event ID: 36483
Class size minimum: 5
Class size maximum: 50
Non-members allowed enrollment: Yes
Member cost: $150
Non-member cost: $175

The course offers a great introduction to safely meeting the challenges of traveling in the Cascades backcountry on snow. It is designed for alpine tourers, telemarkers, and snowboarders of intermediate level or better.
A prerequisite for the course is having completed an AIARE or AAA Level 1 course within the last 3 years. You need to show your completion certificate at the first ski course lecture.
The course teaches winter camping, emergency shelters, winter navigation and tour planning.
We will teach you skills to set you on the way to becoming a competent backcountry winter traveler with the decision-making knowledge to venture beyond the boundaries of the ski area and into the world of untracked lines.

Lectures will be in a meeting room at Snohomish County PUD in Everett at 2320 California St., Everett, WA 98201.
Please bring pen and paper for taking notes. Equipment will be discussed at the first lecture.
Shovels, probes, avalanche transceivers and either backcountry skis or snowboards are required for field trips.

Field trips: The field trips are tours where we put it all together, from planning where to go (tour planning) to making decisions on how to travel uphill and downhill (route-finding). Everybody will get the chance to practice skills they have learned while receiving coaching and feedback.
Selection of tour locations will depend on the avalanche hazard and group consensus.

Course fee: $150 for Mountaineers members and $175 for non-members.
If you are taking the Avalanche Course you need to sign up for this separately.
Extension students are welcome, but need to make arrangements with Lee Wilcox.

For enrollment or course information, contact
: Mike Palmer, mike@cascadespecialty.com, or Lee Wilcox, leebttrcup@yahoo.com. Sign up online at www.mountaineers.org or by phone, 206-521-6001. Leader: Oyvind Henningsen, 425-486-2857, telemarkski@comcast.net.


COURSE SCHEDULE: PLEASE BE ON TIME — we have lots of information to cover.

Date

Activity

Description

Time, Location

Jan. 22, Wednesday, 2014

Lecture #1

Intro and equipment

7:00 - 9:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Jan 25, Saturday, 2014

Field Trip #1

Gear shakedown

8:00am - 4:00pm,  Location TBD

Jan 29, Wednesday, 2014

Lecture #2

Winter camping, shelters

7:00 - 9:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Feb 5, Wednesday, 2014

Lecture #3

Navigation/trip planning

7:00 - 9:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Feb 8/9, Saturday/Sunday, 2014

Field Trip #2

Camping/touring

8:00am - 4:00pm,  Location TBD

Feb 26, Saturday, 2014

Lecture #4

Weather/LNT

7:00pm - 9:30pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Mar 1, Saturday, 2014

Field Trip #3

Complete tour

8:00am - 4:00pm,  Location TBD





Level 1 Avalanche Course, 2013
"Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain"

Revised October 12, 2013

Event ID: 36482
Class size minimum: 5
Class size maximum: 50
Non-members allowed enrollment: Yes
Member cost: $250
Non-member cost: $300

The Everett Mountaineers will offer an AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course starting in December 2013. The course is oriented towards recreational backcountry users like skiers, snowboarders, climbers, scramblers and snowshoers.

The course will • Provide a basic understanding of avalanches and how to make pertinent terrain and snowpack observations for the avalanche problem at hand • Use a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain • Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “all the answers.” • Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field.

The course introduces the different avalanche problems and is more than an avalanche awareness course. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip in avalanche terrain, to understand basic decision making in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person. The overall goal is to improve decision making in avalanche terrain. It is a basic hazard management course and uses rule based tools in combination with introductory knowledge based decision making tools. The course is a stand alone course, but provides a great link to an AIARE Level 2 avalanche course.

Field Trip: The field trip will be held in the Mt. Baker backcountry with optional overnight stay at the Mountaineers Lodge. The field trip could involve cold and wet weather and elevation gain over 1,000 feet. The terrain is extremely well suited for an avalanche course.

Course Fee: The fee is $250.00 for Mountaineer Members and $300.00 for non-members. Extension students are welcome, but need to make arrangements with Lee Wilcox.

For enrollment or course information, contact
: Mike Palmer at mike@cascadespecialty.com or Lee Wilcox at leebttrcup@yahoo.com. Sign up with the club house at www.mountaineers.org or phone 206-521-6001, Event ID: 36482

COURSE SCHEDULE: PLEASE BE ON TIME — we have lots of information to cover.

Date

Activity

Description

Time, Location

Dec. 4, Wednesday, 2013

Avy Lecture #1

 

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Dec. 11, Wednesday, 2013

Avy Lecture #2

 

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Jan. 8, Wednesday, 2014

Avy Lecture #3

 

6:30 pm 9:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Jan. 11 - 12, Saturday/Sunday, 2014

Avy Field Trip

Optional overnight at the Mount Baker lodge. There is additional charge for the lodge. Shovel,Probes,Beacons are required for field trip. Sign up for the lodge at www.mountaineers.org

8:00am - 4:00pm,  Mt. Baker



Nordic Ski Instructor Clinic Course, 2012

Revised January 29, 2011

Course code: 20371
Class size minimum: 2
Class size maximum: 12
Non-members allowed enrollment: No
Member cost: Free

The Nordic ski committee will be having its annual instructor clinic on Saturday, January. 9, from 9 – 3:30 at the Steven's Pass Nordic Center. This clinic is open to all qualified instructors of our basic Nordic class who plan to instruct this year.

The ski clinic is now required for all new instructors and as a refresher every three years for returning instructors.

We will be learning some instruction techniques and we might also learn a few pointers to improve our own skiing as well! Following the clinic will be a very brief orientation at Alfy’s restaurant in Monroe. This orientation is optional for those who attended last year, but mandatory for new and returning instructors who did not attend. For information and registration contact: Carrie Strandell, (360) 420-2114 or cwstrandell@gmail.com.

COURSE SCHEDULE:

Date

Activity

Description

Time, Location

Jan., 2012

Field Trip

9:00AM - 3:30PM. Following the clinic will be a very brief orientation at Alfys restaurant in Monroe.

9:00 am, Stevens Pass Nordic Center





 Winter Camping Course, 2012

Revised March 10, 2011

Course code: TBD
Class size minimum: 5
Class size maximum: 11
Non-members allowed enrollment: Yes
Member cost: $30
Non-member cost: $40

The Nordic Ski and Snowshoe Committees offer a course in winter camping that consists of two nights of lectures with an overnight field trip. Lectures will cover clothing, equipment, winter hazards, snow travel and winter camping techniques.

Because the course includes only a brief review of clothing, equipment and avalanche awareness, students must be graduates from a snowshoe, skiing, basic climbing or scrambling course. Others must obtain leader permission and show they have an equivalent background in mountaineering sports, as well as sufficient knowledge of proper clothing, the Ten Essentials and some avalanche training.

Open to both snowshoers and skiers, the course field trip will be appropriate for each but participants must be competent at one of these; we will not be covering these skills.

Note: Register on the Mountaineers main website www.mountaineers.org for more information email Carrie Strandell, cwstrandell@gmail.com, (360) 420-2114

COURSE SCHEDULE:

Date

Activity

Description

Time, Location

Feb 21,2012

Registration Ends

 

When class fills or at 5:00pm this date.

Feb 23, 2012

Lecture #1

 

6:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Mar 1, 2012

Lecture #2

 

6:30 pm, Everett PUD
2320 California Street

Mar 3-4, 2012

Field Trip

Overnight snow camp, Saturday and Sunday

Wenatchee Ridge


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