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definately do your level 1. I did mine last season in whistler and it opened my mind to how foolish i'd been the season before. And it sound like you've done the same stuff as me. I bet the convo went "hey that looks epic lets hike it" to be met with general approval. Once you do your course you'll sit there and wonder how the hell your still alive.
The tricky thing is finding people to go out with. I've been extremely lucky with the friends I made in my first season, a family thats been in whistler for like 30 years. Their unlce is 50, smokes more weed and shreds hard than anyone i've seen. So places like hasumi, corona, doa, dogleg were thier standard lines and they know the place like the back of thier hand. The knowlegde you gain by just listening to the converstion while your struggling to keep up on the skin track is invaluable.
If you don't have people like that to tag along with, don't be detered. You just have to be really aware of your knowledge and experience. And since your starting out the more knowledge you have the better. Its easy to get carried away when your out there, use your avalutor (you'll get it in the course) and ask yourself the questions. If your getting red flags then you'll have to ask yourself if is worth your life.
Get and read "The Avalanche Handbook" at least a few times. I have read it twice and still could not absorb everything. The book covers just about all topics related to snow saftey and is used to teach patrollers. Great partners are very valuable.