Level I avalanche class offered in Spokane area

A snowboarder rides past debris from a large avalanche on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, B.C. (Associated Press)
A snowboarder rides past debris from a large avalanche on Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, B.C. (Associated Press)

WINTER SPORTS — A 28-hour Level I avalanche class geared to  ski patrol, search and rescue and backcountry skiers/snowboarders is being offered over the next three months starting next week.

Arch Harrison, local search and resecue and ski patrol veteran, will teach the classroom portion at the Mountain Gear retail store in Spokane in three 5:30 p.m.-10 p.m. sessions: Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.

The on-snow field section will held on Jan. 26 and 27 at Silver Mountain Ski Resort.

Cost: members of ski patrol or searcher rescue organizations $100; general public $175. Tuition includes books and for non-ski patrol members associate membership in national ski patrol.

Participants should be intermediate skiers/snowboarders, all participants will be required to carry an avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe for the field portions of this class. Transceivers for the field portion of this class all need to be multi-antenna transceivers.

Space is limited. Pre-register by contacting Arch Harrison at: catandem@comcast.net (please put avalanche class in subject line) or all (509) 998-9384.

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