(970) 949-9111

AIARE 1 & 2 Private

Backcountry

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.

We love putting together pivate AIARE courses people. All curriculum is the same as our standard courses. This is a great option for private groups, or companies putting together in-house courses for employees.

Book any time between November 26, 2017 and April 13, 2018

Level 1 Courses

Level 2 Courses

Winter travel in the Colorado Rockies demands a thorough knowledge of avalanche risk to appropriately assess and manage terrain. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) provides world-class education through the only internationally recognized curriculum offered in the U.S. Promote your well-being in the backcountry by expanding your knowledge and skill set through formal avalanche education. 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

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
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 tab above. Register at the Book It tab above, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.