We will start the winter season laying the foundation of progression by offering 3-day Splitboard Touring and 3-day Splitboard specific AIARE 1 Avalanche Hazard Management Courses.
After years of watching new splitboarders struggle with new gear during our avalanche courses, I see that offering a touring course prior to an avalanche course will encourage content and skill retention. In other words, participants will be focused on learning movement during the touring course and focused on being a contributing team member while making decisions in avalanche terrain during the avalanche course.
Starting with the 3-day Splitboarding Course, participants will learn stance setups for backcountry shredding, quick transitions, and movement techniques such as skinning and track setting, descent considerations, and downhill split strategies. Furthermore, companion rescue and snowpack assessment will be introduced. This foundation will prepare splitboarders to go out and gain experience in easy terrain before participating in our AIARE 1 Avalanche Hazard Management Course.
There are nuances to companion rescue and decision making in avalanche terrain that only a snowboarder understands. During the AIARE 1 Splitboard Avalanche Course we will take the time to focus on the nuances of companion rescue in solid or split mode, terrain selection, and trip planning and execution, enabling you to become a proficient backcountry traveler. Learning outcomes outlined by AIARE are to plan for travel in avalanche terrain, identify avalanche terrain, make terrain choices in a group setting, and demonstrate effective companion rescue.
I will be able to offer a professional low ratio of 6:1 for avalanche course participants. This way each student gets more individual attention with a guide who only splitboards.
Back to back weekends can be challenging with work, family, and other obligations so these 2 courses will alternate every other weekend. Our schedule offers flexible dates and venues to five shredders a weekend off in between ripping Washington’s best snowboarding venues. Namely Crystal Mountain, the steep, deep and easily accessed
So, if you want to do a touring course one weekend then do an avalanche course 2 weeks later at Crystal Mountain, we have it. If you want to tour at Baker, then do an avalanche course in the Alpental Valley we can do it.
Even more, with Pro Guiding Service we are offering lift accessed backcountry shredding at Baker, Whistler, or Crystal Mountain. Additionally, we offer splitboard trips to the big mountain mecca of Valdez Alaska, sailboat accessed fjord shredding in Andalsnes Norway, and high elevation summit shreds on Pico de Orizaba in Mexico. Check out Guided Exposure's Calendar for dates!
After 23 years of experience and years of program development we are proud to introduce one of the most comprehensive splitboard progressions in the nation. From first timers to seasoned splitters we have left nothing out. If you are looking to get out on single day guided trips during big pow days, shred gigantic lines on the big mountains, or quit your job and become an international shred bum we have something for everyone.