Avalanche Refresher Course 1-Day
Has it been awhile since you’ve taken your AIARE courses? This field-based course is a great way to improve your backcountry skills by revisiting and refining your knowledge of avalanche dynamics, managing risk in avalanche terrain, and learning the latest best practices taught in current AIARE programming. This course is ideal for the experienced backcountry traveler who has taken an AIARE Level I or 2 course in the past and is looking to brush up on current avalanche safety practices and the latest in industry protocols and techniques while spending a full day in the field skiing with a licensed mountain guide.
Why Take This Course With Us? This course is led by an IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide. We only offer small class sizes with a maximum of 12 students and 2 instructors.
Skills to be covered include, but are not limited, to:
- Understanding avalanche forecast bulletins and weather models
- Reinforcing observational skills, including stability assessment and route selection
- Interpreting snowpit and snowpack stability tests and incorporating this data into your trip planning and route selection
- Reviewing snow science, including metamorphism and snow crystal morphology
- Building effective travel protocols, including a review of the AIARE Risk Management Framework (prepare, plan, ride, debrief)
- Managing human factors, including decision making and risk management in a group setting
- Practicing rescue scenarios and basic rescue procedures
Completion of AIARE Level I course. Students must be proficient backcountry skiers or riders as we will travel in proximity to and through diverse avalanche terrain. Skiing/snowboarding black runs at the resort is a must.
Included: IFMGA/AMGA Mountain Guide course leader, student resources, use of Ortovox transceiver, probe, and shovel. Ortovox avalanche airbag ski packs are also available for free demo with availability.
Not Included: Transportation and toll fees, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.
Required Gear: Alpine Touring/Splitboard setup. Full winter backcountry gear. Snowshoes are not appropriate for this course due to the amount of terrain we will be exploring.
- Monarch Pass near Salida, CO
- Hoosier Pass near Breckenridge, CO
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