Written by Robert Kyte

Through November 1st, 2022, Alpenglow is excited to offer 15% off all AIARE courses with the code Spooky22. We recognize the potential for adventure to be had beyond the boundaries of Lake Tahoe’s many ski resorts, and we are here to ensure that skiers and splitboarders are getting the avalanche education they need to stay safe in the backcountry. This promotion is valid for all our AIARE programs in North and South Lake Tahoe. See below for a list of our available AIARE courses and determine which one is right for you: 

 

  • AIARE 1: A comprehensive, entry-level 3-day avalanche course designed for those new to avalanche safety and education. This course has no prerequisites. However, if you have fewer than five days of backcountry experience, you must complete our Backcountry 1.0 course prior to joining our AIARE 1. This season, we are excited to offer AIARE 1 courses as a three-day in-person course, a two-day online/field hybrid course, and a hut-based course in Frog Lake. After completing an AIARE 1 course, students should be able to accurately identify and assess avalanche terrain, utilize the AIARE Risk Management Framework, and perform backcountry avalanche rescues.  

 

  • AIARE Avalanche Rescue: This one-day course is designed to keep intermediate backcountry travelers up to date on best practices and gear for avalanche rescue. AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a required prerequisite for AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses, and it is recommended that backcountry skiers take a Rescue course at least every other year. Upon completion, students should be able to describe what to do in the event of an avalanche incident, identify and utilize the gear necessary to perform an avalanche rescue, set up realistic avalanche rescue scenarios to improve their skills and response times, and develop a plan for continued practice. 

 

  • AIARE 2: This course builds upon the foundational skills gained in an AIARE 1 course, adding to our avalanche hazard management toolbox. AIARE 2 focuses on critical hazard assessment factors such as weather alongside snowpack and avalanche processes, so that students can utilize this knowledge to travel safely in avalanche terrain. After this course, students will be able to identify a variety of avalanche hazards in a landscape, determine where consequences of an avalanche may be more severe, interpret weather and snow conditions to locate appropriate terrain before entering and while in the field, coordinate and lead groups in the backcountry, and utilize basic risk management and forecasting strategies in the absence of a local avalanche information. 

 

Beginning in the ‘22/’23 season, we’re stoked to offer all our AIARE Avalanche courses in both North and South Lake Tahoe! This way, all Tahoe residents looking to explore their backyards can learn the necessary skills to stay safe with hands-on practice and education on their home turf. 

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.com. We hope to ski & ride with you soon and look forward to educating our community this winter.