Olympic NP Skiing & Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale Workshop with Matt Schonwald

Next Wednesday we’ll be hosting our first virtual event of 2021.

Wednesday Jan 6th 7pm – 9pm

Matt Schonwald of BC Adventure Guides will be joining us for the evening to talk about his new book “Backcountry Skiing Olympic National Park” & to lead a workshop on the Avalanche Terrain Exposure Scale (ATES).

In addition to learning about a new zone, this will be a workshop on the ATES system which was developed by Parks Canada to help backcountry users assess the severity of the terrain encountered in a given trip. It’s being used more and more in the US and is a super practical way to turn an avalanche forecast into a safe travel plan for the day. We’ll do a number of exercises to apply ATES principles on the terrain in local zones (likely Snoqualmie Pass).

The curriculum is relevant and practical for winter recreationalists of all experience levels, from those venturing into the backcountry for their first year to those who have done AIARE 2+.