RECREATIONAL AVALANCHE TRAINING

New for 2017-2018 Season

Overview of Recreational Courses

Starting in fall 2017, there will be a split in the recreational and professional course progression. The recreational track is designed for new and experienced backcountry users looking to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.  The recreational courses are certificate of completion (no certification and no pass or fail at the end of a course), as have been in the past for AIARE Level 1 and 2. In order to qualify for the professional level track, one needs to complete some or all of the three recreational courses first.

Overall the changes will benefit the backcountry travelers in a few ways. The stand-alone eight hour Companion Rescue course can be taken before or after an AIARE Level 1 course which doubles the companion rescue training time than in the past and will include more scenario training and practice.   AIARE Level 1 will now include more field on route planning, terrain management, and hazard evaluation time, as 4-6 hours of field time in the past were needed to cover Companion Rescue. AIARE Level 2 has been redesigned to meet the needs of advanced recreational students including more time spent on route planning, terrain management, and hazard evaluation with a little less emphasis on SWAG terminology and professional standards.  

The Courses

Designed for both new and experienced backcountry users looking to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills

Level 1

The Level 1 Avalanche course is the starting point for backcountry travelers and aspiring avalanche professionals. The course is required for progression to Level 2 and/or Professional Avy 1. Read full course description here.

Companion Rescue

Companion Rescue is a one-day 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. Read full description here.

Intro to Backcountry

This course is designed for people new to backcountry skiing/splitboarding. Our 2 day course teaches you the basics of being in the backcountry and prepares you for our Level 1 Avalanche course. Read full description here.

Level 2

The Level 2 has been redesigned to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken the Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue class and want to go deeper with their avalanche knowledge. Read full course description here.

Snowmobile Courses

Created specifically for snowmobilers. Learn what equipment works best, how to effectively evaluate terrain, analyze stability and increase your skills in the mountains. Read full description here.

Intermediate

This course takes students who’ve graduated from an AIARE Avalanche 1 course and builds on backcountry touring skills/techniques for planning and engaging in ski tours independently. Read full description here.

Want to Learn More?

We’d love to answer any questions and discuss what course option is right for you. Get in touch today!