Why Learn with Us?

Why Our AIARE Avalanche Course?

  • Alpine Ascents International has been leading mountaineering courses for over 30 years
  • 24 hour AIARE curriculum
  • Students receive AIARE online curriculum prior to start of the course to enhance learning
  • Students receive a completion certificate after the course
  • Gear rental available for all Alpine Ascents students

World-Class instruction covering:

  • Mountain Weather (precipitation, wind, temperature)
  • Interpreting weather data, snow surface conditions, snow profiles
  • Craftsmanship, relevancy, and verification of snow observations
  • Trip planning, preparation, and navigation
  • Risk Management
  • Communicating observations

Excellent. I have relatively little mountaineering experience and Mike and Solveig were very safety conscious and helpful. Every night they would review everything we needed to pack for the next day, what to expect etc.. which was great.

Photo courtesy of Ruby Mountain Heli-Ski
Photo courtesy of Ruby Mountain Heli-Ski

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course BLOG

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    by Jonathon Spitzer  Backcountry skiing and splitboarding encompasses a broad spectrum of ski endeavors, from off-piste riding out of a resort to ski day touring to overnight ski expeditions. I adjust my kit based on the type of skiing I’m doing, the same way you would when doing a day of top rope climbing versus […]

  • To Buy An Avi Airbag Or Not?

    by Jonathon Spitzer January is finally here—also known as Pow-uary!  It’s been snowing for the past week on and off, making the skiing and riding amazing. Today is the best day of the season, and now you’re making the third turn down your favorite backcountry ski run. As you reach out to plant your pole […]

  • Navigating Avalanche Terrain

    By Jonathon Spitzer The snow has fallen in many parts of the country, and back country skiing and riding has awakened from its summer slumber. With snow coverage conditions improving, we must remember to be safe. Avalanche danger will rise and fall through-out the season as the snowpack varies. One day the conditions can be […]

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