2017 Avalanche Course Season

This winter I will be teaching both AIARE 1 & 2 Avalanche Courses for Northeast Mountaineering based out of Jackson, NH. I am really excited to bring an avalanche education program to the growing list of mountain adventures that Northeast Mountaineering already offers. This will be my 8th winter leading these courses and I really can’t wait for the first one to start!

On-site lodging is included with the course tuition!

A word of advice. These courses (regardless of provider) tend to sell out before the season even starts. Last year most providers in the area were at 80+% capacity before New Years Eve. So want to pick the dates yourself? Book early! Now is good.


January 6-8
January 13-15
January 20-22
February 3-5
February 10-12
March 17-19
March 24-26


February 17-20
March 10-13

When booking use promotional code “DavidNEM”. If used before December 1st it will discount the already competitive rate by 10% and you will be entered into a monthly drawing for a free one-day climb of your choice for two people!

Another word of note… while we have decided not to schedule December dates due to historic snow conditions I can still highly recommend early season dates. The reasoning behind this is thin snow-packs are often the most dangerous snow-packs and we often see conditions in our late December early January snow-packs that are very conductive to learning. So don’t think you need “deep snow” to have a valuable learning experience. Remember this 5 person incident happened next to one of my courses last mid-January during a record low snow year!

Other snow worthy topics to be aware of:

Registration is open for the Eastern Snow & Avalanche Workshop on November 5th. This is an amazing event with a kickoff party Friday evening at International Mountain Equipment and then an information packed day on Saturday with some of the industry’s top minds when it comes to snow safety (not to mention lots of free swag opportunities in the raffles). I’ll be setting up an AIARE information booth at both the social hour at International Mountain Equipment and at the main event Saturday so stop on by and say hello!

Here’s a few links for all snow travelers to have bookmarked both on the home PC for trip planning and smartphones for field access (when you do have service):

Mount Washington Avalanche Center

MWOBS Higher Summits Forecast

MWOBS Current Summit Conditions

NOHRSC Interactive Snow Map

Before I sign off I want to thank EMS Schools for 12 years of great adventures and opportunity. The list of seasoned EMS guides who have helped shape who I am today is long and varied and I wish all of them, along with EMS Schools, the very best.

See you in the mountains,

Northeast Alpine Start



About David Lottmann

David grew up skiing in the Whites and started climbing at a summer camp just north of Mt. Washington when he was 16. Those first couple of years solidified climbing as a lifetime passion. From 1996-2000 he served in the USMC, and spent the better part of those years traveling the globe (18 countries). After returning to civilian life he moved to North Conway to focus on climbing and was hired in 2004 as a Rock and Ice Instructor. Since then Dave has taken numerous AMGA courses, most recently attaining a Single Pitch Instructor. He has completed a Level 3 AIARE avalanche course, is a Level 2 Course Leader, holds a valid Wilderness First Responder and is a member of Mountain Rescue Service. When David isn't out guiding he enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, hiking, backcountry skiing, trying to cook something new once a week and sampling new micro-brews. He lives in Conway, NH with his wife Michelle, son Alex, and daughter Madalena.
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