AIARE Level 1

Who should take this course: AIARE 1 is for anyone, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course.

Course Description:  Our AIARE 1 is a 24-hour (two evenings and two full field days) introduction to avalanche hazard management. 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).

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.

Use of Ortovox S1+ transceiver, shovel and probes are included. Skis or splitboard are required.

Visit AIARE’s website here.

Want more education?

  • Recreational backcountry travelers will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 Rec course.
  • Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.
  • AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.

2018 course dates: 

  • January 11-14  (full)
  • January 25-28 (full)
  • February 22-25 (full)
  • March  8-11 (full)
  • March 29-April 1 (full)
  • 2019 TBA

Evening classroom sessions (5:30pm-9:00pm) on Thursday and Friday, Field sessions all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Locations:

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

Classroom and Field 

Included:  AIARE Field Book, Student Resources, use of Ortovox S1+ transceiver, probe and shovel.

Not Included: Transportation, 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.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow.  AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have other no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.

Max Ratio (student:instructor) 6:1 or 12:2

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.

Hut-based Course 

Included:  AIARE Field Book, Student Resources, use of Ortovox S1+ transceiver, probe and shovel, 2-nights lodging in backcountry hut with breakfast and dinners.

Not Included: Transportation to guide gratuity.

Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.   Snowshoes are not appropriate for this hut base trip.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow.  AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have other no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.

Max Ratio (student:instructor) 6:1 or 12:2

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