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    AIARE I Avalanche Course

    AIARE I Avalanche Course

    $495 per person

    The AIARE 1 is a 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.

    *Price Increases November 1st!


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    The AIARE 1 is a 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. We offer courses this year out of Mammoth Lakes! These are the best Level 1 courses in the country, developed and taught by the most experienced AIARE qualified instructors in the industry.

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    Pro-skier Chris Bentchetler tries his own signature skis out on a Rutschblock during an AIARE 1 avalanche course.

    Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned.

    2021/2022 Dates

    Field Days

    Dec 28-29, 2021
    Jan 1-2
    Jan 15-16
    Jan 22-23
    Jan 29-30
    Feb 12-13
    Feb 19-20
    Mar 5-6.
    Mar 12-13
    Mar 19-20

    *Each course will have two virtual classroom sessions from 6:30-9PM on two evenings during the week prior to the field days advertised above. December course virtual class will be Dec 22 & 23, all others will be held on the Tuesday and Wednesday during the week prior to the weekend of the field days.

    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

     

    • Included
      AIARE
      AIARE 1
      avalanche awareness
      avalanche course
      backcountry ski
      Backcountry Skiing
      backcountry snowboard
      Eastern Sierra Winter
      June Lake
      June Mountain
      level 1
      Mammoth Lakes
      Mammoth Mountain
      splitboard
    • Not Included
      14ers
      3D chute
      3rd pillar
      3rd Pillar Dana
      AIARE 2
      Alaska
      Alaska skiing
      alpine
      alpine climbing
      alpine rock climbing
      Alps
      Alps climbing
      Alps running
      Alps skiing
      Alps trilogy
      American Mountain Guides Association
      AMGA
      backcountry
      backcountry 101
      backpacking
      Bear Creek Spire
      Berner Oberland
      Bernese Oberland
      Bishop
      Bishop Skyline
      Blacksmith Peak
      Bloody Mountain
      Breakthrough
      Bridgeport
      California
      California fourteeners
      camping
      Cardinal Pinnacle
      Carson Peak
      Celestial Aretes
      Chamonix
      Chamonix climbing
      Charlotte Dome
      chef
      classic rock climb
      classic Sierra rock
      climb
      climbing
      climbing camp
      climbing skills
      climbing Swiss Alps
      Clyde Minaret
      Convict Creek
      cook
      courses
      courses instruction
      crampon
      Crest tour
      Crystal Crag
      custom
      custom private ski
      Dana Plateau
      destinations
      Devil's Slide
      Dolomites
      Dolomites climbing
      Double Eagle Resort
      Dream Bowl
      East Buttress
      East Face
      Eastern Sierra climbing
      Eastern Sierra skiing
      Eiger
      Evolution Loop
      exam
      fastpacking
      Fishhook Arete
      Four Seasons
      France
      Glass Creek
      Grindelwald
      guide course
      Haute Route
      heli assisted
      heli skiing
      Hemlock Ridge
      High Sierra
      High Sierra skiing
      high tour
      hiking
      Horse Creek
      horses
      Horsetail Falls
      Hut to Hut
      ice 101
      ice axe
      ice climbing
      ice climbing course
      Incredible Hulk
      instruction
      intermediate level
      international
      introductory
      introductory ice climbing course
      Italy
      John Muir Trail
      John Muir Wilderness
      Jungfrau
      kids
      kids climbing programs
      Las Vegas
      lee vining
      Lee Vining area
      lee vining canyon
      level 1 refresher
      level 2
      light and fast
      lightweight
      Lone Pine
      Lone Pine Peak
      Lovers Leap
      Mammoth Lakes to Yosemite
      Mammoth to June
      Mammoth to Yosemite
      Matterhorn
      Matterhorn Peak
      McGee Creek
      Merriam Peak
      mixed climbing
      Monch
      Mont Blanc
      Mont Blanc run
      Mount Conness
      Mount Dana
      Mount Emerson
      Mount Gabb
      Mount Humphreys
      Mount Mills
      mountain running
      mountaineering
      Mountaineers Route
      Mt Conness
      Mt. Dana
      Mt. Emerson
      Mt. Humphreys
      Mt. Russell
      Mt. Sill
      Mt. Tom
      Mt. Whitney
      Mt. Winchell
      mules
      multiday
      negatives
      Nevada
      North Palisade
      North Peak
      north ridge
      onion valley to mt. whitney
      Ortler
      Owens River Gorge
      pack outfit
      pack support
      packers
      palisades
      Palisades Glacier Camp
      peak descents
      Peter Croft
      Pine Creek
      Polemonium Peak
      porters
      Positive Vibrations
      private
      private custom
      professional development
      Red and White Mountain
      Red Dihedral
      red rock
      Red Slate Mountain
      rescue skills
      Ritter Range
      rock
      rock 201
      rock climbing
      Rock Creek
      Rock Creek to Mammoth
      Sabre Ridge
      San Joaquin Ridge
      Sawtooths
      self arrest
      self belay
      self rescue
      Sequoia National Park
      sherpas
      Sierra
      Sierra 5.10
      sierra alpine
      Sierra Mountain Guides
      Sierra Nevada
      Sierra skiing
      single pitch instructor
      ski
      ski guiding
      ski mountaineering
      ski tour
      ski touring
      skiing
      snow
      snow skills
      snowboard
      SPI
      sport
      sport climbing
      Starlight Peak
      supported
      Switzerland
      Tahoe
      Temple Crag
      third pillar
      Thompson Pass
      Thunderbolt Peak
      Tioga
      trad climbing
      trail running
      traverse
      Tuolumne
      Twin Lakes
      Ultra Trail Mont Blanc
      ultralight
      Valdez
      Via Ferrata
      white line
      wilderness trip
      winter
      Yosemite
      yosemite national park
      Yosemite ski
      Yost Meadow
      Zermatt
      Zermatt Valley
    Logistics
    • Courses are based in our classroom in Mammoth Lakes, unless indicated otherwise as a course near June Mountain.
    • 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.