Same Course – New Itinerary
With the current state of affairs in regards to COVID-19, it only makes sense to alter our avalanche education program to help mitigate the risks of this disease in an effort to better protect our guests, our staff and our community while continuing to provide what we love; an unparalleled learning experience in the mountains. By removing the 8+ hours of in-person classroom learning and replacing it with online learning, we’re able to eliminate clustering in a large group in a confined space for an extended period of time.
The new version of the standard avalanche course curriculum has been carefully crafted by AIARE (American Insitute of Avalanche Research and Education) and approved for the 2020/21 with the intention of maintaining the same learning outcomes while completely eliminating the need to spend extended periods of time in a confined classroom. We’re excited to unveil this new itinerary as we lead the way in innovative mountain guiding techniques designed to step into the 21st century while spending as much time outside as possible.
The 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.
Student learning outcomes
- 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.
- Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.
If you have taken an AIARE 1 course, the new 1 day rescue course, feel comfortable with the curriculum and are hungry to increase your understanding of hazard management in avalanche terrain, this course is for you!