Are you backcountry ready?
Winter 2021 is shaping up to be a busy season for the backcountry with many folks getting out for their first experience. We’re excited to offer a multitude of various backcountry experiences that cater to all skill sets and ability levels. Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or experienced backcountry rider, we teach a series of courses that will allow you to naturally progress and gain a better understanding of how to operate in the backcountry with a solid avalanche education.
AIARE 1 is a comprehensive, entry level 2 day avalanche course designed for those with basic ski/snowboard touring experience. There are no other prerequisites, although, if you have less than 5 days of backcountry experience, you need to join our Backcountry 1.0 course first.
In an AIARE 1 course, students can expect to develop a good foundation on how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn avalanche rescue techniques.
At the end of an AIARE 1, students are able to: develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain, demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain, effectively use the AIARE Risk Management Framework and demonstrate effective companion rescue.
For more information on how COVID-19 will effect AIARE operations this winter, please visit our blog.
AIARE Avalanche Rescue is the natural next step to gaining a more thorough avalanche education. This one day course is designed to keep backcountry travelers up to date on best practices and gear for avalanche rescue.
AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. We recommend that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an AIARE Rescue at least every other year.
At the end of the an Avalanche Rescue course, students should be able to: describe what to do in the event of an avalanche incident, identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue, set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response, improve their response skills and times during an dafter the course with feedback from instructors and peers, and develop a plan for continued practice
AIARE 2 takes off where the AIARE 1 ends, adding to your avalanche hazard management toolbox with the introduction of critical hazard assessment factors. By describing and discussing weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, students are able to identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.
After this course, students should be able to: Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe, use and interpret weather, snow and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field, demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies and implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.
For information on any of our other courses or backcountry guiding, check out our website. For any questions call our office at 877-873-5376 or send us an email info@alpenglowexpeditions.