February 2, 2010

SoCal Avalanche Classes

Jeff Pierce will be teaching two Level I avalanche classes and a Level II this February and March in Southern California. The schedules are:

Level I — Claremont Level I — Snow Summit Level II (TBA)

This is a terrific year to get out there for an avalanche class, as we've got abundant snow in mountains both near and far. For SoCal skiers, one big advantage of taking a class locally (in my opinion) is that you're working directly with the snowpack you're most likely to be skiing. Also, obviously, it makes fitting the class into your schedule quite a lot easier. And odds are good you'll meet like-minded folks who'll make good backcountry partners down the road.

Jeff's courses are not AIARE-certified, but they are a tremendous bargain (especially that Level II class). Jeff has been teaching Level I and II avalanche courses for 11 years, and he has over 23 years experience in the field, including consulting for local resorts and government agencies as well as doing control at Mount Waterman and June Mountain ski areas. I attended one of Jeff's avalanche seminars for rescue professionals last year; it was well-run, and well worth the time. If you're on the fence about taking a class, this is a great opportunity. I highly recommend taking advantage of it.

For more info or to sign up, contact Jeff Pierce.

Andy Lewicky

ANDY LEWICKY is a Los Angeles-based writer and photographer who enjoys good books, jasmine tea, long walks in the rain, and climbing and skiing the big peaks of the California Sierra. email | follow

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