AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

Our AIARE 1 Avalanche Course is a complete introduction to the avalanche phenomenon, terrain, decision making, and rescue.

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course Overview

Our AIARE 1 Avalanche Course is for those new to travel in avalanche terrain. It is equally suited for those with prior training in need of a refresher, and to glean the latest avalanche knowledge.

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course Description

The AIARE 1 Class is a three-day / 24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in:

  • Effective preparation for the winter season
  • Planning for and carrying out a backcountry trip
  • Sound decision making skills
  • Rescue techniques to find and dig up a buried person, if someone in their party is caught in an avalanche.

Learning Outcomes

Students in our AIARE 1 course will learn to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Learn to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
  • Perform an effective rescue.

Who the AIARE 1 is for

Our AIARE 1 course is for all who plan to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. It is appropriate for skiers, snowboarders, mountaineers, ice climbers, and winter campers.

Course Format

This course is a combination of classroom content and field work. The first day of the course will be conducted over Zoom. The following two days are in the field.


  • To be able to travel in snow and be in good physical shape.
  • For the classroom sessions you need a computer and a reliable high speed internet connection. In addition to the computer a smartphone is helpful but not required.




December 15-17, 2023
January 19-21, 2024
February 23-25, 2024
March 8-10, 2024
March 29-31, 2024

SMI conducts courses for clubs, search and rescue, and all outdoor groups allowing you to customize your dates. Contact our office to arrange a course on dates of your choice.


AIARE 1 photo gallery February 25-27, 2020
AIARE 1 photo gallery March 2-4, 2019