Avalanche Courses 2021/22

Your most important backcountry skill will always be education.  Let the Vail Valley’s original guiding service educate you on how to safely navigate the hazards of the winter snowpack with AIARE Avalanche Courses.

AIARE 1  &  AIARE Avalanche Rescue

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course…$595

This 24 hour course is a staple for any backcountry recreationalist. It combines self-paced online learning, 3 evening Zoom classroom sessions (6:30pm – 8:30pm during the week leading up to the field days), plus 2 field days to provide the student with a hands-on introduction to avalanche hazard management.

Note: In an effort to protect the health and safety of both students and instructors, appropriate physical distancing is of vital importance. To avoid unnecessary close proximity, all students are required to know how to properly use and troubleshoot the equipment they are using for travel while in the field. This includes, but is not limited to skis, splitboards, bindings, and skins. It is also important that students are able to safely and proficiently climb and descend slopes while on course.

AIARE 1 Course Dates:

  • December 13-16 (12/13-14: Zoom Classroom, 6pm-9pm | 12/15-16: Field Days)
  • January 5-9 (1/5-7: Zoom Classroom 6pm-8pm | 1/8-9: Field Days)
  • March 14-18 (3/14-16: Zoom Classroom 6pm-8pm | 3/17-18: Field Days)

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What You Learn:

  • The American Institute for Avalanche Research and EducationDecision-making through proper planning and observation
  • Terrain recognition and travel techniques
  • Companion rescue including beacon use
  • Snowpit introduction and analysis
  • AIARE Level 1 Course Information

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course…$200

This 1-day, stand-alone course is designed to keep backcountry recreationalist abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. There will be a 2 hour (6:30pm – 8:30pm) Zoom classroom session on the evening prior to the scheduled field day. This course has no prerequisites and can be taken at any time. It is perfect for anyone who needs to freshen up their rescue skills, looking to take the Level 2, or the beginner who isn’t quite ready for the Level 1.

Note: In an effort to protect the health and safety of both students and instructors, appropriate physical distancing is of vital importance. To avoid unnecessary close proximity, all students are required to know how to properly use and troubleshoot the equipment they are using for travel while in the field. This includes, but is not limited to skis, splitboards, bindings, and skins. It is also important that students are able to safely and proficiently climb and descend slopes while on course.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course Dates:

  • December 13
  • December 27
  • March 11

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What You Learn:

  • Current best practices in avalanche rescue
  • Develop  a “muscle memory” of rescue technique that improves your response time
  • Multi-burial rescue practice
  • AIARE Rescue Course Information

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