AIARE at Bluebird Backcountry
Continue your backcountry journey with an AIARE 2 course at Bluebird Backcountry, and you’ll finish the course with the skills, knowledge, and confidence you need to make smart decisions on your next out-of-bounds tour. Our certified instructors teach AIARE’s gold-standard curriculum—and at Bluebird, you’ll be part of a community that’s committed to quality education. From hiring professional educators to offering rental gear on site, everything we do is meant to build a welcoming environment where students can feel comfortable learning, building their skills, practicing with their newfound knowledge, and asking questions of experts. Plus, how many courses can boast an on-site s’more supplier?
After their courses, students say things like:
“Great vibe with super friendly instructors and staff… Tons of friendly people everywhere we went at Bluebird!”
“My avalanche instructor was patient and provided great feedback. He was knowledgeable but also clearly invested in making sure all the students had a positive experience.”
“I've wanted to check out the backcountry for some time, but have been nervous to go alone in potentially dangerous terrain. At Bluebird, I felt like we could try a wide range of terrain in a very safe, fun environment.”
Who Should Take this Course
The AIARE 2 is for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. Prerequisites include:
Ability to travel in avalanche terrain.
An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training
AIARE or A3 approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course
A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is highly recommended
Adding an Advanced+ Membership ($250) includes two vouchers for advanced backcountry courses, community benefits, and 10% off your AIARE course cost.