The AIARE Level 1 Course builds the 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 science, terrain analysis, and to give each student a framework with which to make decisions.
This 26-hour course involves instruction, morning/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.
Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, CO and classroom in Estes Park, CO
Duration: 3 days (26 Hours)
Experience Level: Beginner and above. We recommend, at a bare minimum, you can ride confidently on all “blues” at a ski resort.
Cost: $425 per person
- What is an avalanche? Types, characteristics, mechanics
- Trip planning
- How to make observations
- “Human Factors” that contribute to avalanches
- Using daily avalanche bulletins (CIAC, etc.)
- How to use terrain to make decisions
- Rescue techniques and equipment
- Splitboard specific considerations in avalanche terrain
- Next steps…