AIARE Level 1 Course


The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is a 3-day, 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazards. With a mix of both classroom and field time, the focus of the course is to learn how to recognize hazards, how to manage and minimize them and finally how to respond in case of an emergency. 

Course Objectives 

Students will come away from the course having learned:
  • How to prepare and plan for a backcountry tour 
  • How to analyze an avalanche forecast 
  • How to identify avalanche terrain & avalanche types 
  • How to recognize hazardous conditions 
  • Basic snow pack understanding 
  • Route selection and terrain features 
  • Snowpack tests  and interpretation 
  • Educated decision making 
  • Basic rescue techniques 
  • Group management 

Course details 

  • Itinerary Options:
    • Friday / Saturday / Sunday & Tuesday / Wednesday / Thursday Courses
      • Day 1: Full Day Zoom Session 
      • Day 2 & 3: Field sessions in Crested Butte
    • Evening Tuesday & Thursday Sessions / Saturday / Sunday Courses
      • Day 1 & 2: Evening Zoom Sessions
      • Day 3 & 4: Field Sessions in Crested Butte 
  • Inclusions: AIARE Level 1 Course Manual, AIARE Field Book, AIARE Level 1 certificate upon successful completion of course. 
  • Exclusions: Lodging, food, avalanche safety gear, backcountry touring gear.
  • After successful completion of the AIARE Level 1 Rec Course students can further their education with AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course and AIARE Level 2 Rec Course

*Avalanche safety gear and backcountry touring set-ups can be rented for an additional fee.

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