Custom Navy Seal AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course and Backcountry Ski


The AIARE 1 is a stand alone decision making course for backcountry travelers wanting to learn to manage their personal and group risk and conduct the most effective companion rescue possible in the event of an accident.  This is the best Level 1 course in the country, developed and taught by the most experienced AIARE qualified instructors in the industry.

The Backcountry Ski Day on day four is a 8-10 hour day and includes 2 guides.


Custom Navy Seal AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course and Backcountry Ski



Thanks so much for the contact and interest in a custom AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course.  Here is all the info you will need to get this trip booked. The price is a total price and breaks down per person as:

Level 1 Avalanche Course for 15 people: $395 per person with three guides.

Backcountry Ski Day for 7 people: $295 per person with two guides.

From here we need to:
1. Set and confirm mid week dates.
2. If your numbers change I can update your quote accordingly.
3. Once we confirm details we will need payment in full to secure the course.


The Level 1 is a three day, 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management that will:

  • Provide a basic understanding of avalanches
  • Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field.
  • Teach to ask the right questions, rather than look for the “answer.”
  • Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a 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).

A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and to give feedback to instructors on instructional tools. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future AIARE 2 course.

Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the Level One 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.

Instructional Sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction):
1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena

  • Types and characteristics of avalanches
  • Avalanche motion
  • Size classification
  • The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering

2. Observations and Information Gathering

  • Field observation techniques
  • Snow column tests
  • Avalanche danger factors- “Red Flags”
  • Observation checklist
  • Avalanche danger scale

3. Trip Planning and Preparation
4. Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
5. Routefinding and travel techniques
6. Decision Making and Human Factors
7. Companion Rescue and Equipment

Backcountry Ski Day on day 4:

The custom backcountry ski day on day 4 will include 2 guides and run for 8-10 hours.  The location and specifics will be decided based upon participant goals, abilities, and conditions at the time of the ski day.

  • This course will be based in our classroom in Mammoth Lakes.
  • Start time is 8am each day and each day finishes before 4:30. Sometimes the instructor may ask if students are willing to start and finish earlier on Day 3, depending on the group and conditions, to increase the rewards of the day.
Included with Course Cost
    • Trained and qualified AIARE instructor(s) with the leading avalanche training curriculum in the US
    • Avalanche Rescue Equipment Rental/Demo (beacon, shovel, probe), if needed
    • Group snow study equipment, as needed
    • AIARE waterproof field book
    • AIARE 1 Student Manual
Not Included
  • Travel, Lodging, Food
  • Backcountry Equipment - We do have full backcountry skiing equipment for rent with skis made locally in Mammoth for us by Community Skis. We have snowshoes, backpacks, and other items for rent also.