The AIARE Level 1 Course begins the basic foundation for understanding avalanche hazards and developing safe travel practices in avalanche terrain. Taking this course should be everyone’s first step before venturing into the backcountry in winter. The goal of this AIARE Level 1 Course is for students to learn the basics of snow pack science, terrain analysis, and to be able to formulate a good decision making process.
This 26 hour course involves instruction, evening classroom lectures, video and discussion, and at least 16 hours of fieldwork. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios.
The course is designed for all types of backcountry travelers, snowshoers, backcountry skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ski patrol, and mountain guides.