Our AIARE avalanche training courses are action-packed, combining virtual classrooms and tons of field instruction to provide participants with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness and backcountry travel skills.
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AIARE 1 Hybrid CourseThe itinerary for this AIARE 1 Avalanche Course is split up over online coursework, two evening video conferences, and two full days of training in the field. Skiers, snowboarders, and snowshoers are all welcome on this course.
AIARE 1 Three-Day CourseThis field-based AIARE 1 course will teach you how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain, with the world's largest and most experienced AIARE provider!
AIARE Avalanche RescueThe AIARE Avalanche Rescue course is a one day course, designed to enhance participants skills in companion rescue within an avalanche scenario.
AIARE 1 Hut TripThis 3 day AIARE 1 Hut Trip takes place at various huts throughout Colorado. Enjoy the luxury of a warm hut and alpine skiing, right out the door.
Avalanche Safety Development Series: Level 1Fast-track your avalanche safety training with this 5-day course that includes complete AIARE 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses. This course begins with an intro to backcountry skiing/ split-boarding course that will readily prepare you for this comprehensive AIARE 1 progression.
AIARE 2 Three-Day CourseTake the next step in avalanche education. Expand on information and techniques in this AIARE 2 course and get a closer look at snow science and avalanche dynamics.
AIARE 2 Hut TripOur 3-day AIARE 2 Hut Trips take place at various huts throughout Colorado. Enjoy the luxury of a warm hut and easy access to alpine skiing with the best AIARE instructors around.
Avalanche Awareness OnlineThis one hour avalanche awareness course gives an introduction to how avalanches happen, what they look like, and how to avoid them.
Learn how to travel in and around avalanche terrain, gain insight into decision-making strategies, the human factors involved in avalanches, develop critical planning and travel techniques, and comprehensive rescue skills. Experience how avalanche transceivers (aka avalanche beacons), shovels, and probes work in companion rescue, how to dig and analyze a snow pit, how to conduct snowpack compression tests, how to use the AIARE field books, and much more.
The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that gathers the latest knowledge, research, and ideas in avalanche safety and creates avalanche training courses that reflect the needs of today’s backcountry travelers.
Our team is made of experienced & certified AIARE instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in avalanche terrain, from the Alps to Alaska to right here in Vail, Summit County, Cameron Pass, and Rocky Mountain National Park, the country’s premier winter adventure destinations. With a maximum ratio of six students per instructor, we exceed AIARE curriculum standards to provide the highest level of instruction.
Wondering what AIARE avalanche safety course to take? See the CMS AIARE Flow Chart and choose between Avalanche Awareness (now online!), AIARE 1, AIARE 2, and AIARE Avalanche Rescue. Dozens of dates and course formats are available.