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Why Take AIARE Courses with Us

  • Smaller class sizes

  • Highest-caliber instructors with supplemental certifications and experience managing avalanche terrain, i.e. Ski Patrol

  • Curriculum that prioritizes experiential learning by skiing laps on tour days and scouting out powder. No snowshoeing.

  • Excellent access to terrain and trailheads just 15 minutes from the classroom

  • Added resource of the local avalanche center

Course Description

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 and avalanche types
  • How to recognize hazardous conditions 
  • Basic snowpack understanding 
  • Route selection and terrain features
  • Snowpack tests and interpretation 
  • Educated decision making 
  • Basic rescue techniques 
  • Group management 


  • AIARE Level 1 Course Manual 
  • AIARE Field Book 
  • AIARE Level 1 certificate upon completion of course


  • Limited dates of availability

Friday - Sunday Courses

  • Limited dates of availability

Photographer Add-on

Let us capture your memories so you can focus on your adventure! A photographer is $350 per trip and based on availability. Please let the Irwin Guide’s office know 48hrs before your trip if you would like to add this to your reservation.

Things to Know


Per Person¹


Guest to Guide Ratio²

¹Avalanche safety gear and backcountry touring set-ups can be rented for an additional fee

²Max 12 students and 2 instructors

Course Details

Ability Level2

Ability Level

Participants should be intermediate skiers/riders and be comfortable on ungroomed terrain.

Requirements Certifications Prerequisites2


Participants will need to complete precourse work before the classroom and field sessions.

Requirements Certifications Prerequisites2


Our course is certified by the American Institute of Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE) and our guides are trained by the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA).

Private Courses2

Private Courses

Private courses are available. Call our office to learn more.

Trip Length Routes Logistics Travel2


Participants will be responsible for lodging and food.

Gain skills that could make the difference in an avalanche

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Why Take AIARE Courses with Us