This two-day course is the gold standard for anyone who wants to travel in or near avalanche terrain. (Those who have taken an AIARE Avalanche Rescue course are welcome and will have a chance to practice their skills, but it’s not a prerequisite for this course.) 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).
Field days will be on location at Bluebird Backcountry. Access to the property included in the course price (no pass necessary).
COVID-19 safety is part of our course organization; we’ll work to maximize physical and COVID-19 safety.
Who Should Take this Course
The AIARE 1 is for anyone 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.
Student Learning Outcomes
At the end of the AIARE 1 course, the student should be able to:
Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
Effectively use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
Demonstrate effective companion rescue.
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class.
Each student is required to carry a beacon, shovel and probe to leave the base area whether you are with a guide, an instructor, or on your own. These are available to rent if you do not have your own snow safety gear.
There are no other prerequisites.