This page has information on classes of interest to Nordic skiers. Note that some portion of class costs may be covered by ONC. In the January 2016 board meeting, the board approved up to a maximum of $100 for education cost. This reimbursment is limited to leaders (day tour or overnight trip). Please contact a board member or treasurer to verfiy coverage for a class you may wish to take.

First Aid

There is a wide range of wilderness first aid training. This page lists two starting points WFA and Mazamas

WFA (Wilderness First Aid)

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is the assessment of and treatment given to an ill or injured person in a remote environment where definitive care by a physician and/or rapid transport is not readily available. This is the standard entry level first aid for the wilderness. Classes are typically two days over a weekend and cost ~$250.

  • REI REI typically has a half dozen classes throughout the year. The search will show the available classes. Note however that these classes often fill-up. You probably need to register at least a month in advance.
  • NOLS NOLS is a non-profit organization that has been teaching outdoor education for many years.


The Mazamas have developed their own MFA (Mountaineering First Aid) class. You do not get a WFA certificate but the class is thorough and excellent. The classes is a 30-hr scenario-based course. This course consists of five evening evening lectures & mock scenarios and two-day weekend practicum at the Mazama Lodge. For more info see MFA

Avalanche Safety

As with wilderness first aid training, for avalanche safety training there is a range of training. Most training has standardized on the AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) progress. This page only lists level 1 training. Level 1 classes typically take a weekend and cost ~$350.

  • AIARE listing Level 1 avalanche course in the pacific northwest

Last Updated April 2017, S. Diamond