Mountain Education Center
Intro to Backcountry Fundamentals
A first step before entering the backcountry from the Mt. Baker Ski Area, our intro awareness course is designed for in-area skiers and snowboarders seeking foundational knowledge about avalanches, mountain weather and big mountain safety.
photo: Adam Clark @atomicpepper
Avalanche Awareness & Backcountry Fundamentals
Our two-day awareness and safety course combines a Mt. Baker region-focused overview of avalanches, mountain weather and terrain selection with a companion rescue session that teaches the small group rescue skills required to respond to a burial in the backcountry.
MEC BEACON PARK
Backcountry safety gear is pointless unless you have the skills to use your beacon, probe and shovel in high-pressure situations. One of the best venues to gain search speed and confidence is in a BCA Beacon Park where practice targets are buried and the digging in is already done. The Mt Baker Mountain Education Center will be sponsoring and maintaining BCA beacon parks this season during select weekends.
Annual Companion Skills Refresher
Aimed at experienced Baker backcountry travelers, our annual skill-sharpening refresher focuses on multiple beacon search, pinpoint probing and strategic shoveling with an objective of speeding search and recovery times in the event of an avalanche incident.