AIARE Level 1 Backcountry Course

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AIARE Level 1 Backcountry Course
March 10, 2017 8:00 am
March 12, 2017 6:00 pm
July 29, 2015

AIARE Level 1 Backcountry Course!

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.

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