Great, thanks all!
noahfecks - Understood, and trust me I wouldn't be that guy.
I'm not entirely sure what my friend's motivation is to take the course, but I told her I would do it with her. I suspect it's either so we can do some backcountry on our own pre-trip, or just to have a base of knowledge of what to expect.
Personally, these days I'd prefer a trip to Silverton than hiking my turns, but I'm getting old and chubby.