AIARE Level 1

Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

Use of BCA beacon, shovel and probes are included. Snowshoes or ski/splitboard are required.

4 day course,  (24 hours)
(2) evenings sessions (5:30-9:00pm) and (2) full day field sessions.


At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Recognize avalanche terrain.
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

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2018 course dates: 

  • January 11-14  (full)
  • January 25-28
  • February 22-25
  • March  TBD*
  • March 29-April 1

Evening classroom sessions (6pm-9:30pm) on Thursday and Friday, Field sessions all day on Saturday and Sunday.

* This course (classroom sessions) will be held at the Air Force Academy and is open to the public.


  • Pikes Peak and/or Hoosier Pass
  • Classroom sessions held in Colorado Springs

$395 per student

Included:  AIARE Field Book, Student Resources, use of BCA beacon, probe and shovel.

Not Included: Transportation and toll fees, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.

Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup or snowshoes. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.

Due to the high interest of this course, full payment is required at time of registration. AIARE courses are refundable 30 day from course start, after which refunds will be issued only if we fill your spot.

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Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer