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Mt Baker, WA

March 23 - March 26

Course Location:

Mt. Baker is the second-most thermally active crater in Washington and simultaneously holds the world record for the most snowfall in a single season. Though the 1,000 inches that fell in 98′-99′ seasons holds the record, it is in no way an anomaly. Bring your equipment and prepare for some powder turns. This course is held at the Mt. Baker Ski Resort, located at the end of the rood off of Highway 542.

Special prices/ ski packages for half days (9:00AM-12:00) are offered at a discount. Please inquire (info@backcountrymedicalguides.org) to sign up for the group rate. Backcountry skiing and snowshoeing is accessed immediately from the Heather Meadows Parking Lot.

Course Description:

Our AWLS curriculum is a mix of didactic and hands-on wilderness medicine training, building the skills to handle a variety of emergencies in austere environments. Our curriculum is developed specifically for medical professionals, guaranteeing a high-caliber level of wilderness medical instruction. Students will bolster their pre-existing medical knowledge with the latest techniques in patient assessment, treatment, and evacuation from remote, wilderness areas.

CME Credit:

With the Advanced Wilderness Life Support certification students earn 20.5 hours of Category 1 CME, as well as Wilderness Medical Society Fellowship credit.


There is no lodging directly at the ski area. They do allow free camping in the parking lot and there are a lot of Air BnBs and cabin rentals located about 25 mins down the hill in Glacier and Maple Falls. Please visit this link for more options: https://www.mtbaker.us/ski-area-info/travel-info/accommodations. We would recommend booking the rentals more than a month in advance because they do tend to book up quickly.


The nearest airport is located right in Bellingham (BLI), although Seattle International Airport (SEA) is about 1.5 hours to the south. If you do fly into Seattle, hop on I-5 northbound for 90 miles and you’ve made it to Bellingham. Take exit 255 and turn right onto 542 East. Drive about an hour and you have made in the Mt. Baker Ski Area. Detailed travel instructions can be found here: http://www.mtbaker.us/ski-area-info/travel-info/driving-info

NEARBY ACTIVITIES: At this time of year, the main attraction is skiing and snowboarding up on the ski hill. If you do not ski or snowboard, not a problem, there is some great snowshoeing and cross-country skiing that you can do around the ski area. Besides the wintertime activities, there are some nice hikes through the rain forest and old-growth groves located near Glacier, WA and if dry, some superb downhill Mountain Biking.

Course Guide & Schedule

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