Silcox Hut Based AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

We are pleased to announce our newest Avalanche Course a hut-based AIARE 1 held at unmatched Silcox Hut. This is a spectacular location at 7000′ on the south side of Mt Hood, famous for its rustic ambiance, delicious food and unbeatable setting. The hut is spacious and cozy, and it gives us great access to terrain. We literally step out the door of the hut into our classroom – and we have the whole mountain to explore. There is really nothing like it Oregon!

The centerpiece of Silcox Hut is a large room featuring a fireplace, hand-carved wooden tables and chairs and windows looking up the mountain, and a bar area. This room is our main lecture and discussion area. It also serves as our dining room.


The lower level of Silcox has three restrooms, one with showers and six rooms with sleeping quarters. Five of the rooms have two stacked single bunks (for a total of four beds each). The rooms are all adjacent and have three walls with privacy curtains.

Excellent food is prepared by the year-round hut-keeper and is served family-style. A typical dinner entree is vegetarian or meat lasagna, green salad, vegetables, rolls and butter, fruit, coffee, tea and dessert. Breakfast includes old-fashioned oatmeal, fruit, juice, muffins and pastries, and coffee or tea. This is real mountain living with a emphasis on delicious food!

The Silcox Hut-based avalanche course includes:

  • Luggage transportation to and from Silcox Hut
  • Breakfasts and Dinners during your 3 day course
  • Bunkroom lodging

Day 1: We’ll meet at Timberline Lodge and store our luggage to be brought up to Silcox later in the day. We’ll start right away with a field session on rescue, spending the morning in practice. Later, we’ll skin up to the hut and spend part of the afternoon with lectures and presentations. If time allows, we can even get in a quick late day tour.

Day 2: We’ll start with indoor lectures after a 7 am breakfast. After that, we’ll tour out to a field location for the rest of the afternoon. We’ll try to get back before dinner and spend the afternoon using our new knowledge to plan the tour for day 3.

Day 3: The tour day! We will execute the tour that we planned, practicing field observations and decision making along the way. Our luggage will be returned to Timberline Lodge, ready for pick up when we get down. We will have a course debrief after touring, answer any questions, and head home.

Here is a breakdown of the AIARE 1 Course:

Decision Making In Avalanche Terrain

The level one course is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard and management.

The course is expected to:

  • Provide a basic understanding of avalanches
  • Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing answers
  • Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field
  • Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision-making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person in the event someone is caught in an avalanche.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Recognize avalanche terrain
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue

Student Prerequisites

Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain on skis, or splitboard. In addition, students must be prepared for both inside and outside coursework.



Mount Hood
Winter, Spring

$795 per person

Trip Length: 
3 days
Trip Dates: 
Mar 22-24, 2018
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