AIARE L1 Avalanche Certification Course

Course Information

Why: When you and your mountain partners choose to recreate outside of a prepared environment, such as a ski resort, you need the proper safety equipment, and the training/expertise to know how to use it. It could save your life.

What: This course is designed to take your avalanche education and mountain travel experience to the next level. We firmly believe that making safe decisions in the mountains comes from years of experience and guidance from those who know, along with a solid educational component.

When & Where:
Not Currently Available

Course Capacity: 12 students maximum

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Course Description

The AIARE 1 is a three-day / 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.

Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

Who Should Take this Course

The AIARE 1 is for ANYONE, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course.

Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course. You can also take
Emergency Medicine/WFR.

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Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course, the student should be able to:

  1. Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  1. Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  1. Effectively use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
  1. Demonstrate effective companion rescue.
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Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

Course Cost