AIARE Avalanche Level 1

Upon completing this course, students should be able to plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain, recognize avalanche terrain, describe a framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain, and apply effective companion rescue techniques. During this Level 1 Avalanche course taught by AIARE-certified instructors, each student will experience:

  • Observations of avalanche activity, weather, snowpack and slope configurations, and how they directly correlate to avalanche potential.
  • 2 full days (15 hours) in the backcountry of Roosevelt National Forest and Rocky Mountain National Park traveling in avalanche terrain with highly trained AIARE guides practicing safe travel techniques and good group decision-making practices.
  • 2 evenings (8 hours) of classroom review and discussion led by our experienced AIARE avalanche educators.
  • 3 hours of pre-class on-line education
  • Training and practice with beacons and rescue techniques.
  • Snow pit location, excavation, and analysis.
  • An understanding of the right questions to ask when planning to travel in the backcountry, and the practice of useful lessons and exercises that are applicable in the field.
  • This course is a great building block for those who have taken a basic avalanche awareness course (like those offered by outdoor retailers) or those with no previous avalanche education or training.

The course operates with a minimum of six participants and a maximum of 24. The AIARE Course Leader(s) is Joshua. The addition of other AIARE Instructors will be based on the number of participants, with a maximum seven-to-one ratio of students to instructor.

Indoor classes are held in Boulder on Wednesday and Thursday, from 6:00 pm -10:00 pm. Field days, In Rocky Mountain National Park or Roosevelt National Forest, are held on Saturday and Sunday, from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Level 1 Course Dates And Times: (Updated 07/18/19)

  1.  December 4, 5 and December 7, 8, 2019  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun) 
  2.  December 11, 12, and 14, 15, 2019  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
  3.  December 18, 19, and 21, 22, 2019  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)  
  4.  January 5, 6, and 8, 9, 2020  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
  5.  January 19, 20, and 22, 23, 2020  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
  6.  February 4, 5, and 7, 8, 2020  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun) 
  7.  February 18, 19, and 21, 22, 2020  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
  8.  March 4, 5, and 7, 8, 2020  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun)
  9. March 18, 19, and 21, 22, 2020  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun) 
  10. Possible additional course January 12, 13, and 15, 16, 2020  (Wed, Thu, Sat, Sun) – We will confirm this late October 2019.

All courses fill up, so register early!

Instructor: Joshua Baruch – Course Lead (and additional Course Instructors)

Rate: $515 per participant. SPECIAL OFFER: Refer a friend who also registers for the same course and receive one $25 credit.  Due to high demand, any changes after registration will incur a $50 change fee.  **There are no refunds or make-ups for missed days.**

Included in our rates: All instruction and AIARE course materials for AIARE Level 1 avalanche course. Course materials will be provided the first evening of the class. Note: Our partners at Backcountry Access (BCA) provide us with 10 sets of beacons, shovels, and probes for participants to use for the course with no additional fees. We also have some BCA airbags for participants to demo and find out more about this important backcountry tool.

Not included in our rates: Transportation, meals, personal gear, and avalanche gear (beacon, shovel, and probe). *** The first 10 people to register for each course will receive free use of a beacon, shovel, and probe during the course.***

A gear list will be sent upon confirmation of  course registration, and we’re happy to help arrange for personal gear if you do not have it. You may purchase a BCA slope meter from us for $20 at the time of registration or $25 during the course.