Schweitzer ski patrol is encouraging and offering weekly free "Transceiver Sundays" (clock tower at 10:00 a.m.) to all interested public with two permanent practice areas and one more difficult challenge that is on a less regular basis. All they ask is that the public covers up their tracks and if practicing digging techniques, please replace your divot. This is a great way to keep on your A game for those venturing out of bounds.
Spokane Mountaineers Mountain School
Every year IPAC assists the Spokane Mountain School with the avalanche safety portion of their class. One to two instuctors from IPAC meet the class at Stevens Lake in the Willow Creek drainage just west of Lookout Pass. In that mountain setting we talk about snowpack, weather, and terrain and how it effects a mountaineering expedition. Route finding is a major torpic in the class and we discuss it in the very real terms of the groups objective, to summit Stevens Peak. After the avalanche lesson the group usually ends the day with self-arrest practice or cravass rescue. Registration for this class and more information can be found at the Spokane Mountaineers website.