AIARE Level 1

Who should take this course: AIARE 1 is for anyone, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are prerequisites for this course.

Course Description:  Our AIARE 1 is a 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a solid grounding in how to plan and execute a backcountry trip, understand basic communication and decision making while in the field, and learn rescue techniques required to locate and rescue a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Recognize avalanche terrain
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue

Use of Ortovox transceiver, shovel, and probe is included. Skis or splitboards are required.

Visit AIARE’s website here.

Monarch Pass, Weekday/Weekend/Late Weekend Courses, $545

Note:  The Virtual Classroom will consist of evening Zoom sessions lasting approximately 3 hours per session.

  • Virtual Classroom Wed/Th December 1-2, Field Weekend December 4-5
  • Virtual Classroom Th/Fri December 16-17, Field Sun/Mon December 19-20
  • Virtual Classroom Mon/Tue January 10-11, Field Wed/Th January 12-13
  • Virtual Classroom Wed/Th February 2-3, Field Weekend February 5-6
  • Virtual Classroom Wed/Th March 9-10, Field Weekend March 12-13

Included:  AIARE Field Book, Student Resources, use of Ortovox transceiver, probe, and shovel.

Not Included: Transportation, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.

Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup or snowshoes. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.

Prerequisites: (1) Students must be able to confidently ski/ride black runs at the resort.  While not all of the terrain we will be traveling in is steep, it is essential to be able to safely negotiate unpredictable snow conditions and avoid obstacles in all weather conditions.  (2)  Students should be familiar with uphill travel (skinning) and transitions.  If you are new to backcountry skiing or splitboarding, we highly recommend taking our one day Intro to Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding courses prior to taking any avalanche awareness courses.  By having your uphill and skiing/riding technique dialed, you can better focus on snowpack and terrain recognition during the field sessions of your AIARE course. Either AIARE 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue can be taken first or without the other.

Max group size (student:instructor) 6:1

Due to high interest in this course, full payment is required at time of registration. AIARE 1 courses are refundable 30 days from course start less a 10% administrative fee.

Monarch Mountain Ski Area, Weekday Course, $545

  Monday-Wednesday February 7-9 

Just us for this special class at Monarch Mountain Ski Area!  Monarch Mountain will host us for our classroom sessions and we will access the backcountry using designated backcountry access gates.  We may also head up Highway 50 to access terrain off Monarch Pass.  All training and skiing will take place in the backcountry.

Included:  AIARE Field Book, Student Resources, use of Ortovox transceiver, probe, and shovel.

Not Included: Transportation, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.

Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup or snowshoes. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.

Prerequisites: (1) Students must be able to confidently ski/ride black runs at the resort.  While not all of the terrain we will be traveling in is steep, it is essential to be able to safely negotiate unpredictable snow conditions and avoid obstacles in all weather conditions.  (2)  Students should be familiar with uphill travel (skinning) and transitions.  If you are new to backcountry skiing or splitboarding, we highly recommend taking our one day Intro to Backcountry Skiing or Splitboarding courses prior to taking any avalanche awareness courses.  By having your uphill and skiing/riding technique dialed, you can better focus on snowpack and terrain recognition during the field sessions of your AIARE course. Either AIARE 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue can be taken first or without the other.

Max group size (student:instructor) 6:1

Due to high interest in this course, full payment is required at time of registration. AIARE 1 courses are refundable 30 days from course start less a 10% administrative fee.

Want more education?

  • Recreational backcountry travelers will need to take the AIARE 1 Rec and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 Rec course.
  • Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 Rec and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course. For those without the mentorship of a ski patrol or working at a guide service or similar, we recommend students take AIARE 2 Rec prior to Pro 1.
  • AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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