Kent Swanson, Jr.

Kent Swanson, Jr. Memorial Courses

Honoring a fallen mountain rescue volunteer, this PMR-sponsored training delivers avalanche rescue and safety instruction to the mountain rescue community. With generous support from the Swanson Family the series was launched in 1998 and PMR has kept the tradition going strong.

Kent Swanson Memorial Avalanche Course:
This course is designed as an intensive 2.5-day avalanche refresher course presented bi-annually on Oregon’s Mount Hood. The course is geared toward mountain rescue volunteers, ski patrollers, guides, and others that support the mountain rescue community. In addition to learning, reviewing and polishing skills, the course is also intended to act as a forum for presenting new developments in avalanche science. The course is taught by the best avalanche professionals in North America and includes both theory presented in classroom sessions and hands-on practice on the mountain. Previous course instructors include:

  1. Clair Israelson – Former Exec. Director, Canadian Avalanche Assoc
  2. Bruce Jamieson – Author & Professor, Univ. of Calgary
  3. Chris Stethem – Avalanche Consultant & CAA Founding Director
  4. Ian McCammon – Avalanche Researcher, Amer Aval Assoc
  5. Phil Hein – Avalanche Consultant and CAA Founding Director
  6. Ian Tomm – Current Exec. Director, Canadian Avalanche Assoc
  7. Grant Stathem – Avalanche Safety Specialist, Parks Canada
  8. Colin Zacharias – Technical Director, American Avalanche Association
Larry Goldie - Lead Instructor for 2014

Larry Goldie – Lead Instructor for 2014

During the weekend of January 31st – February 2, 2014, Portland Mountain Rescue will be sponsoring the ninth Kent P. Swanson Jr. Memorial Avalanche Course. We are pleased to welcome Larry Goldie as our lead instructor. Larry is an internationally certified mountain and ski guide (IFMGA). His career in the ski industry began in the winter of 1989 at Mt Baker and has continued ever since. Larry’s work experience includes several years ski patrolling at Stevens pass, where he conducted avalanche control as a licensed blaster, in addition to training and handling an avalanche rescue dog. Making his home in Mazama, WA, Larry is lead guide for North Cascades Mountain Guides, guiding ski trips in Washington, Canada and throughout the European Alps. He has spent the last 8 winters as the snow safety director for North Cascades Heli Skiing. Larry is also a member of the AIARE (American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education) instructor team, teaching level 1 and 2 Instructor Training Courses as well as instructing on AIARE 3 professional level courses. Larry works for the American Mountain Guides Association as an instructor and examiner, helping to train the next generation of American guides. He is a contributing editor at Off-Piste magazine where he frequently writes on various aspects of avalanche education. Like previous instructors, Larry brings solid credentials and a great depth of experience.

To read published articles about the Kent Swanson Jr. Memorial Avalanche course, click [HERE] (4MB pdf file).