Snow Travel Safety

American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE) Courses

taught in Buena Vista, CO

 

 
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AIARE 1

Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

designed specifically for anyone, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain, regardless of method of travel

Students can expect to develop a good grounding in 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 if an avalanche occurs and someone is buried.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use the AIARE Decision Making Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue.

Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.

Course Details

PRICING . . .

$385 person/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

Dates . . .

December 29th-31st, 2017

January 12th-14th, 2018

March 9th-11th, 2018

EQUIPMENT . . .

Alpine Touring Setup, Splitboard or Snowshoes (Available for rent)

Avalanche Gear: Beacon, Shovel, Probe (Available for rent)

A more detailed list of what you need will be sent with your reservation confirmation email

LOGISTICS . . .

Three-Day Course (24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management)

Days consist of both classroom and field practicum

Meet at Buena Vista Community Center
715 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Check out our Local Lodging Partners. Please Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

6 Clients : 1 Guide

“Very friendly staff, awesome location, and very well taught course.”
— Landen, Avalanche Course Student
 

 
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AIARE Avalanche Rescue

companion rescue

A stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear

New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
  • 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 and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continued practice

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses.
AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

PRICING . . .

$125 person/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

Dates . . .

November 19th, 2017

December 10th, 2017

January 6th, 2018

February 3rd, 2018

EQUIPMENT . . .

Alpine Touring Setup, Splitboard or Snowshoes (Available for rent)

Avalanche Gear: beacon shovel probe (Available for rent)

A more detailed list of what you need will be sent with your reservation confirmation email

LOGISTICS . . .

Three-Day Course (24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management)

Days consist of both classroom and field practicum

Meet at Buena Vista Community Center
715 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Check out our Local Lodging Partners. Please Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

6 Clients : 1 Guide

 

 
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AIARE 2

Analyzing Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard

designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue Class

AIARE 2 provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to increase decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce. AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

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.

Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

PRICING . . .

$495 person/course

PREREQUISITES . . .

Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course. AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.

Dates . . .

February 17th-19th, 2018

EQUIPMENT . . .

Alpine Touring Setup, Splitboard or Snowshoes (Available for rent)

Avalanche Gear: Beacon, Shovel, Probe (Available for rent)

A more detailed list of what you need will be sent with your reservation confirmation email

LOGISTICS . . .

Three-Day Course (24-hour for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.

Days consist of both classroom and field practicum

Meet at Buena Vista Community Center
715 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Check out our Local Lodging Partners. Please Contact Us for additional lodging options.

Max CLIENT TO GUIDE RATIO . . .

6 Clients : 1 Guide

A valuable investment for anyone who spends time in the winter backcountry.
— Ski Guide & Instructor, Tommy Gram