Mount Shasta Avalanche Seminars


Shasta Mountain Guides is an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) certified course provider. Our guides and instructors are qualified Course Leaders and professional members of the American Avalanche Association (AAA) Our Level I and Level II courses are held in the Mt. Shasta area and include both class and field sessions. We also offer courses to groups and private organizations, single day trainings, avalanche awareness presentations, and rescue/beacon clinics. Please contact us for details.

AIARE Level I Avalanche Seminar


Avalanche Level I Class

Avalanche Level I Class

The Level I is a 3 day AIARE qualified course. We will hold both class and field sessions to provide ample opportunity to learn the fundamentals of traveling in avalanche terrain. Certificate received upon completion.

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February 16-18, 2018

Fee: $395 per person



AIARE Level II Avalanche Seminar


Avalanche Level II Course

Avalanche Level II Course

The Level 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. The Level 2 builds from the avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one. Additional tests and tools add to the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation and industry standards of data collection.

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Fee: $525 per person

Avalanche Awareness Presentation 

This season we are pleased to host the USFS Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center’s Free Avalanche Awareness Presentations. Classroom session will be held at our shop 230 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd and start at 7:00pm. Day sessions will be held Saturday mornnig at the Bunny flat Trailhead.


December 9th, 2016

January – 6th, 2017

February – 3rd, 2017

March – 3rd, 2017

This free 2 hour session introduces and explains where and why avalanches occur and provides a basic approach to managing risk in the backcountry. Learn to access local avalanche bulletins and weather reports, recognize basic signs of avalanche danger, and learn simple ways to help avoid avalanche hazard.

Companion Rescue Clinics

Avalanche transceivers are the best tools we have to find someone buried in an avalanche.  Join us and learn how to use one. This FREE course is for beginners to expert, so don’t hesitate to come and train with us. You can never have enough practice saving someones life! Demos of several different types (BCA, Ortovox, Pieps, Mammut/Barryvox) will be available. All of these meet at The Fifth Season at 9 am, 300 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd, Mt. Shasta City, then travel to a training site.

December – 10th, 2016

January – 7th, 2017

February – 4th, 2017

March – 4th, 2017