Avalanche Course AIARE Level 1

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


Our Level 1 Avalanche Course is the ideal first course for those new to travel in avalanche terrain and a great review or upgrade for anyone who has some experience or prior training but feels they need a skills “tune-up.” The Level 1 is designed as a stand-alone course for back-country travelers; it also serves and an introduction to avalanches and is a lead in to the AIARE Level 2 Course for those who wish to progress.

Participants on a Level 1 Course can expect a minimum of six hours of classroom instruction and about 10 to 12 hours of field instruction in the following subjects:

Types of avalanches
Characteristics of avalanches
An introduction to how avalanches form and release
Avalanche terrain
Trip planning and preparation
Travel techniques
Decision making
Avalanche rescue


Students must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. There are no other prerequisites.

See pictures from past avalanche courses:
February 25-27, 2020
March 2-4, 2019




December 11-13, 2020
January 29-31, 2021
February 19-21, 2021
March 12-14, 2021
April 9-11, 2021

We also conduct Avalanche Courses on custom dates for any group of three or more. To arrange an Avalanche Course on a date of your choice contact our office.