This course is for climbers and skiers who are looking to take the first step towards learning about avalanches, what causes them, and how they can be avoided. You’ll start with some handouts and a short lecture at Pinkham Notch, followed by a ski tour (or snowshoe) into either Tuckerman Ravine or the Gulf of Slides. Along the way and up in the ravine, we’ll cover the following subjects:

  • Mount Washington weather
  • how to identify avalanche terrain
  • basic route finding and safe travel in the ravines
  • transceiver training and mock rescue
  • snowpits and basic snowpack analysis

This course is available as a private, pre-existing group, or via our Flexible Booking option (we’ll try to match you with other participants).

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    Online Bookings
    Online bookings are subject to guide availability and other factors such as weather and climbing conditions. After receiving your online booking, we will get back to you within 1 business day via phone or email to confirm your booking. In the event that we cannot accommodate your booking, you have the option of having your payment refunded or applied to a future booking.

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    If you have to cancel your booking, please give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel 30+ days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date or you can request a refund. If you cancel from 14-29 days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date. If you cancel 13 days or sooner from the booking, for any reason, the deposit/payment is forfeited.

    Weather & Winter
    Winter courses/trips are rain or shine. If SMG cancels a booking due to weather, we will reschedule you for an alternate date of your choice.

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Pay a 50% Deposit

Mountains, Cliffs, & Routes

We use a variety of terrain on Mount Washington for this course:

  • Tuckerman Ravine
  • Gulf of Slides
  • Huntington Ravine

Beginner - Advanced


One to Multiple Days




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