Private Instruction – AIARE L1 & L2

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies demands a thorough knowledge of avalanche risk. Appropriate terrain assessment and decision making skills are essential for the well-being of winter backcountry travelers. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) provides world-class education through the only internationally recognized curriculum offered in the U.S. Be proactive about your well-being in the backcountry by expanding your knowledge and skill set through formal avalanche education.

AIARE Level 1 – Private Instruction

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies demands a thorough knowledge of avalanche risk. Appropriate terrain assessment and decision making skills are essential for the well-being of winter backcountry travelers. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) provides world-class education through the only internationally recognized curriculum offered in the U.S. Be proactive about your well-being in the backcountry by expanding your knowledge and skill set through formal avalanche education.

AIARE Level 2 – Private Instruction

The Level 2 course builds on the AIARE Level 1 course by providing an advanced understanding of snowpack, snow stability and decision making in avalanche terrain.   The 4 day, 40 hour AIARE course curriculum focuses on an advanced understanding of:

  • Reinforcement of Level 1 fundamentals
  • Snowpack and snow metamorphosis
  • Crust faceting on snow surface
  • Formation of snow layers over time
  • Theory and observation of skier-triggered slides
  • Forecasting, avalanche observation and recording guidelines per U.S. and International guidelines
  • Following classroom sessions, we will travel by backcountry ski or split board to apply learned skills in a mountain environment.

These sessions will focus on:

  • Analysis of snow stability
  • Route selection and terrain analysis
  • Slope tests
  • Reinforcement of level 1 probe and shovel techniques, as well as rescue techniques for single and multiple burials.

 

Duration

Level 1: 9hrs/Day for 3 Days | Level 2: 40hrs Over 4 Days

Cost

  • AIARE Level 1 - Private Instruction: 3270 for up to 6 People
  • AIARE Level 2 - Private Instruction: 3975 for up to 6 People

Difficulty

Two of Five

Experience Level

Beginner to Advanced

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies demands a thorough knowledge of avalanche risk. Appropriate terrain assessment and decision making skills are essential for the well-being of winter backcountry travelers. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) provides world-class education through the only internationally recognized curriculum offered in the U.S. Be proactive about your well-being in the backcountry by expanding your knowledge and skill set through formal avalanche education. In our 3 day, 24 hour AIARE level 1 course, our curriculum focuses on the fundamentals of:

  • the characteristics and types of avalanches
  • movement of avalanches
  • classifications by size and danger scale
  • mountain snowpack: metamorphism and layering

As well, we’ll discuss:

  • trip planning and preparation
  • risk management and decision-making
  • human influence in group dynamics, decision-making and accidents

Following classroom sessions, we’ll travel by backcountry ski, split board and snowshoe, and apply these learned foundations in a mountain snow environment, with a focus on:

  • Beacon and probe use
  • Identifying and evaluating avalanche terrain
  • Route-finding and travel techniques
  • Snow pit and snow layer analysis and tests
  • What questions to ask in risk evaluation
  • Identifying “red flags”
  • Avalanche rescue and beacon search techniques

Wherever you go for your avalanche training, accept no substitute for the standard in course curriculum, AIAIRE avalanche courses. Looking for more course dates?  Check out our Vail Mountain Lift Accessed AIARE Level 1 page for more courses. Prerequisites: Participants should be prepared to travel in backcountry terrain (by ski or split board, snowshoe if no other option) in potentially inclement weather and mountainous conditions at altitude. Included in course: AIARE certified course instructor, course manual, avalanche field book, and certificate of completion. Advanced reservations are required. Some personal items provided by participant(s); see the gear list tab above. Register at the Book It tab above, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

What to bring:

  • Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
  • Clinometer (BCA slope meter, also available on compasses)
  • Complete ski, split board or snowshoe equipment, including boots, poles, etc
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom (thin)
  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top (medium)
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Ground mat (insulation so you can sit on snow)
  • Water/wind proof jacket with hood, pants, and gloves
  • Notebook (for lecture day)
  • Any other items you would typically have in your pack on a backcountry trip
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle and food
  • Headlamp and batteries

Also Recommended:

  • Loupe (at least 10x zoom)
  • Snow Saw (minimum 30cm)
  • Snow crystal card

You may also consider:

  • Hand warmers
  • Hot liquid
  • Liner socks
  • Adjustable Poles
  • Extra gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle insulator

Participant Forms: If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.

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