October 1, 2018
Whether you are a backcountry pro or recreational skier, snowboarder or snowmobiler, Backcountry Access recommends that everyone take a class from the 2018-19 AIARE Avalanche Course schedule. Get educated – click on one of links below to find a course.
AIARE courses are offered through its network of over 100 providers in 13 US states, Argentina, France, and China. AIARE courses are taught by qualified instructors, including numerous BCA avalanche education guides and partners.
The Professional Avalanche Training Program consists of three courses that focus on essential skills required for individuals employed in ski areas, transportation and industry, guiding, and public forecasting centers.
AIARE avalanche courses for the backcountry recreationist will teach you:
- How to prepare for backcountry travel with seasonal and daily routines – the backcountry basics,
- How to use planning tools and checklists to facilitate communicating and making decisions as a group in order to reduce risk,
- How to do a companion rescue, and
- Techniques to continue to improve your rescue skills after a course completion
The entire AIARE recreational Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain program includes seven days of classroom, field, and self-paced online training. The curriculum is typically delivered in the following parts: Avalanche Rescue (1 day), the AIARE 1 (3 days), and the AIARE 2 (3 days). AIARE’s recreational avalanche courses ARE FOR EVERYONE, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain.
Avalanche Rescue is for everyone, whether you are just learning how to use your transceiver, an aspiring professional, or a backcountry traveler with many years of backcountry experience. This one-day course is a place to both learn new skills and keep your existing skills sharp. Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2.
The AIARE 1 is a three-day course that provides an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain.
The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills by applying their skills to new terrain and situations. It is highly recommended that participants gain at least one season’s worth of backcountry travel experience between taking the AIARE 1 and the AIARE 2.
AIARE MOTORIZED PROGRAM
Backcountry Access and AIARE want to increase avalanche education participation in the snowmobile community. With the increased power and capabilities of a snowmobile; snowmobilers are able to climb higher and further than human powered backcountry travelers. This puts snowmobilers at a greater risk of entering avalanche terrain unaware of their surroundings and the potential dangers in the backcountry. In the last five years, 25% of the avalanche fatalities have been individuals on snowmobiles or snowbikes. AIARE envisions education and increased awareness as a way to bring this number down. That’s why AIARE has diligently worked in conjunction with experts in the snowmobile community to develop a motorized specific curriculum.
Check the 2018-19 AIARE AVALANCHE COURSE SCHEDULE – REC to find a snowmobile-specific course in your area.