AIARE Level 1 Course AND 2 trail passes to Grand Valley Nordic. If you spend any time in the backcountry during the winter months (ski, snowboard, snowshoe, climb, snowmobile), then taking an AIARE level 1 avalanche course is an invaluable investment. Experience how avalanche beacons work, how to dig and analyze a snow pit, how to use the Decision Making Checklist, and learn many other critical backcountry tools. Learn how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain with the Colorado Mountain School. We teach a complete program of curriculum established by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and are the world’s largest and most experienced AIARE provider.
The AIARE 1 is a three-day / 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.
Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry 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).
Their instructor team is made of experienced AIARE instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in avalanche terrain, from the Alps to Alaska to right here in Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the country’s premier winter adventure destinations. In addition to classroom work, our course includes field instruction each day. Field instruction provides a well-rounded education to backcountry decision-making, trip planning, terrain selection, and companion rescue techniques. This course provides essential training for anyone traveling in avalanche terrain. We allow participants to take this course on backcountry skis, split board, or snowshoes. With a maximum ratio of six students per instructor, we exceed AIARE minimum standards to provide the highest level of instruction.