Avalanche Prep Course

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AVALANCHE PREP – QUICK INFO

AIARE courses include a lot of information. If you have never explored the backcountry you can do so with an Avalanche Prep Trip and begin your avalanche education.

DATES

Available daily

DURATION

6-7 hours

COST

Max client to guide ratio 5:1

  • $178 – 5+ people
  • $198 – 4 people
  • $224 – 3 people
  • $250 – 2 people

LOCATION

Vail, CO (Meadow Mountain, Spraddle Creek)
Leadville, CO (Freemont Pass)

DIFFICULTY

Easy – Difficult

DESCRIPTION

AVALANCHE REFRESHER

During an AIARE course there is a great deal of information presented. Often when we return to the backcountry it is difficult to remember everything we have learned and practiced in the last course. This can be dangerous. What can be even more dangerous is not being aware of all that we have forgotten, leaving us naive and vulnerable to hazards.

The final day of an AIARE course compiles the topics from the prior two days and puts them all to practice. The idea of this trip is reenact that final day of the course and refresh all of the topics covered from when you took your course. Join our AIARE certified instructors and venture into the backcountry and sharpen techniques learned before.

BOOKING / MORE INFO

Ready to sign up? We look forward guiding you on a Avalanche Refresher trip. Register with the accompanying calendar, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page to request more info.

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.
  • Long underwear bottom (thin) – synthetic or wool
  • Long sleeve top (medium) – synthetic or wool
  • Socks – synthetic or wool
  • 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
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Took my AIARE Level one with these guys at the end of December and it was a great experience. Our instructors were Zack and Mike. They tag-teamed for the classroom day then I had Zack for the field work. Both were knowledgeable in the classroom and Zack was excellent in the field, and brought a lot of real-world experience to the material. I highly recommend Apex for this class.

Arthur W
★★★★★
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