MEC Intro

Backcountry 101: Introduction to Snow Safety & Transceiver Use

A 1-day introductory snow safety seminar based on up-to-date curriculum and scenarios highlighting the local Mt. Baker backcountry weather and terrain. Meant to inspire further education, this course features both classroom and field exercises in backcountry safety, decision making, and transceiver based rescue techniques.


  • Avalanche Awareness 101: The Avalanche Triangle
  • Risk Management & Decision Making
  • Ski Area Policies & Signage
  • Avalanche Rescue: Principles & Practice


Designed for both new and experienced transceiver users, the field exercises provide basic orientation to transceiver use and rescue equipment in scenarios that build partner and group rescue skills.

  • Search Principles
  • Transceiver Operation
  • Companion Rescue


Please bring your backcountry rescue gear and outerwear appropriate for the afternoon field session. Skis/Snowboards will not be used.

A limited number of transceivers, probes and shovels are provided for student use courtesy of Back Country Access and Ortovox. Please note on enrollment if you need use of these.

Class meets for morning session in the MEC classroom, 2nd floor, Heather Meadows Aid Room at 9:00am. The afternoon session ends at 4:00pm.

Registration can be completed online at our webstore or at our Bellingham Business Office.

MEC INTRO: Backcountry 101 • COURSE INFO
A Saturday
December 10, 2016
B Sunday
January 8, 2017
C Saturday
January 21, 2017
D Sunday
February 5, 2017
E Saturday
February 18, 2017
F Sunday
February 19, 2017
Session Duration 7 Hours • 9:00am to 4:00PM
Session Cost $42
Class Size min. 10 / max. 18