Description

Explore the enchanting and dynamic world of winter backcountry landscapes while equipping yourself with essential knowledge and skills to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain. Our AIARE 1 Avalanche Course is your gateway to understanding the fundamental principles of avalanche safety, risk assessment, and rescue techniques.

 

We offer traditional, 3-day in person courses, and a hybrid offering. The hybrid will be 2 days in the field, and 1 evening zoom call during the week of the course.

Following the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum, this comprehensive course provides a solid foundation for beginners and those looking to refresh their avalanche education. Over three days, you’ll delve into topics such as snowpack analysis, weather assessment, terrain evaluation, and human factors, all of which are critical in avoiding avalanche hazards.

Our experienced and certified instructors will guide you through classroom sessions and hands-on field exercises, offering a well-rounded learning experience. You’ll learn to use avalanche transceivers, shovels, and probes, practice companion rescue techniques, and develop the skills necessary to navigate avalanche-prone terrain safely.

Upon successful completion of the AIARE 1 Avalanche Course, you’ll gain the confidence to venture into winter wilderness areas while making sound decisions to minimize avalanche risks. This course is suitable for winter enthusiasts, outdoor adventurers, and anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge of avalanche safety. Join us for an engaging and informative journey into the world of avalanche education. Your safety and the safety of others in the backcountry start here.

Dates/Price
Course Dates Price Location Course Length Difficulty Rating
Course DatesDecember 13-15, 2024 Price$699 LocationGolden Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesDecember 14-15, 2024 Price$589 LocationHybrid - Golden and Online Course Length2 days + online Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesDecember 28-29, 2024 Price$589 LocationHybrid - Berthoud Pass and Online Course Length2 days + online Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesJanuary 17-19, 2025 Price$699 LocationEstes Park, RMNP Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesJanuary 18-19, 2025 Price$589 LocationHybrid - Estes Park and Online Course Length2 days + online Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesJanuary 31 - Feb 1, 2025 (SnowShoe) Price$589 LocationEstes Park, RMNP Snowshoe Travel Course Length2 days + online Difficulty Rating2/10
Course DatesFebruary 21-23, 2025 Price$699 LocationEstes Park, RMNP Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesFebruary 22-23, 2025 Price$589 LocationHybrid - Estes Park and Online Course Length2 days + online Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesMarch 14-16, 2025 Price$699 LocationGolden Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesMarch 15-16, 2025 Price$589 LocationHybrid - Golden and Online Course Length2 days + online Difficulty Rating3/10
Course DatesApril 4-6, 2025 Price$699 LocationEstes Park, RMNP Course Length3 days Difficulty Rating3/10
Highlights
  • Learn from a pro! Our guides/instructors have undergone rigorous training and certification to be able to teach you
  • Hands-on experience in a fun and relaxed learning environment
  • Day 1 in the classroom, Day 2+3 in the field
  • Learn how to use your avalanche rescue gear and simulate live rescues
  • Tons of practice!
Price Includes

Includes:

  • A professionally trained and/or certified AMGA/IFMGA guide or instructor
  • Any needed avalanche rescue gear
  • Professional guiding and instruction throughout the entire day
  • Resources to further your ski touring/winter mountaineering journey

Excludes:

  • Transportation. You will be responsible for your own transportation to and from a designated meeting area
  • Gratuity
  • Personal items such as food, clothing, backpack, etc.
  • Entrance fees and parking fees (where necessary)
Topics Covered
  • How to develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain
  • How to identify avalanche terrain
  • How to effectively use the AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting
  • Companion rescue
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