Promote your well-being in the backcountry by expanding your knowledge and skill set through formal avalanche education.
The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) provides world-class education through the only internationally recognized curriculum offered in the U.S.
Prerequisites: Participants should be prepared to travel in backcountry terrain (by ski or split board, snowshoe if no other option) in potentially inclement weather and mountainous conditions at altitude.
Advanced reservations are required.
Some personal items provided by participant(s); see the gear list below.
Register below or call (970) 949-9111.
World Class Avalanche Education (AIARE)
AIARE Level 1 Course Curriculum
In our 3 day, 24 hour AIARE level 1 course, our curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of:
- The characteristics and types of avalanches.
- Movement of avalanches.
- Classifications by size and danger scale.
- Mountain snowpack: metamorphism and layering.
We’ll also discuss:
- trip planning and preparation
- risk management and decision-making
- human influence in group dynamics, decision-making and accidents
Applying Your New Skills
Following classroom sessions, we’ll travel by backcountry ski, split board and snowshoe, and apply these learned foundations in a mountain snow environment, with a focus on:
- Beacon and probe use
- Identifying and evaluating avalanche terrain
- Route-finding and travel techniques
- Snow pit and snow layer analysis and tests
- What questions to ask in risk evaluation
- Identifying “red flags”
- Avalanche rescue and beacon search techniques
AIARE 1 Courses
- Nov 26-28, 2017 Course Full, waitlist available
- Dec 8-10, 2017 Course Full, waitlist available
- Dec 15-17, 2017 Course Full, waitlist available
- Dec 22-24, 2017 Approx. 16 SPOTS LEFT
- Dec 29-31, 2017 Approx. 16 SPOTS LEFT
- Jan 12-14, 2018 Approx 15 SPOTS LEFT
- Jan 19-21, 2018 Approx. 18 spots Lift Acessed
- Jan 26-28, 2018 Approx 14 SPOTS LEFT
- Feb 2-4, 2018 Approx. 16 SPOTS LEFT-Lift Acessed
- Feb 6-8, 2018 Approx. 3 spots left- Hut Based
- Feb 9-11 , 2018 Approx. 18 spots
- Feb 23-25, 2018 Approx. 18 spots
- Feb 26 - 28, 2018 Approx. 6 spots- Hut Based
- Mar 2-4, 2018 Approx. 12 spots-Lift Acessed
- Mar 9-11, 2018 Approx. 18 spots
- Mar 16 -18, 2018 Approx. 12 spots-Lift Acessed
- Mar 23 - 25, 2018 Approx. 12 spots
- Mar 30-Apr 1, 2018 Approx. 12 spots
- Apr 6-8, 2018 Approx. 6 spots
- Apr 13-15, 2018 Approx. 6 spot
Want to increase your safty while enjoying lift-ascessed backountyr terrain? Learn these skills in in a lift-accessed AIARE 1 course.
Learn the decision-making skills necessary to evaluate and travel in avalanche terrain, all based out of a backcountry hut in a 2 night hut-based AIARE Level 1.
What to bring:
- Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
- Clinometer (BCA slope meter, also available on compasses)
- Complete ski, split board or snowshoe equipment, including boots, poles, etc
- *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
- Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
- Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
- Synthetic or wool socks
- Ground mat (insulation so you can sit on snow)
- Water/wind proof jacket with hood, pants, and gloves
- Notebook (for lecture day)
- Any other items you would typically have in your pack on a backcountry trip
- Warm gloves or mittens
- Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
- Goggles or sunglasses
- Small day pack
- Water bottle and food
- Headlamp and batteries
- Loupe (at least 10x zoom)
- Snow Saw (minimum 30cm)
- Snow crystal card
You may also consider:
- Hand warmers
- Hot liquid
- Liner socks
- Adjustable Poles
- Extra gloves
- Water bottle insulator