Rachel broached the idea so she gets to help organize this.
Last year we did AIARE Avi Level 1 in New Hampshire. Some members have indicated an interest in Level 2 and possibly Level 3. Needless to say, where and when this happens is somewhat weather dependent, but we'll likely end up doing this in NH again. Ideally, we will schedule this in conjunction with the Ice Fest or the ice climbing trips.
I already talked to Kel and he will not be hosting Level 2 or Level 3 this year which means we will need to use either IME or EMS. Rest assured that both organization have first-rate trainers.
(from Rachel) I've changed the date of the Avalanche Awareness course with IME to February 17 (Sunday), since it wasn't clear we'd finish in time to catch the plane on Monday. It's a one-day introductory course. This is the course description, from their site at http://www.ime-usa.com/imcs/avalanche.html:
This course is for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and climbers who venture into avalanche terrain (which includes the White Mountains!). Avalanches are serious business as evidenced by the increasing number of injuries and deaths suffered by climbers, hikers and skiers while in the mountains. This course will give you an introduction to assessing snow conditions and avalanche terrain. You will learn how to use avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels and what do do if you are caught in a slide. This can be a one or two day course. This is not a certification course, for a complete course in Avalanche Safety we recommend the 3 Day AIARE Level I Course.
Currently it's just Ben and Rachel signed up for Avalanche Awareness, but the more people we have, the cheaper the course becomes. We can have up to 6 people.
If you are interested please RSVP indicating what AIARE level you are interested in.