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Why Our AIARE Avalanche Course?

Our instructor was amazing. Knowledgeable, timely, professional but also relatable. Was so thankful she was our guide

  • 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

They guided us while also empowering the group to learn leadership skills ourselves. They created an environment where everyone felt welcome and willing to share when they felt vulnerable or scared.

World-Class instruction covering:

  • Avalanche Types (loose snow avalanches and slab avalanches)
  • Terrain (slope angle, aspect, terrain hazards)
  • Weather (precipitation, wind, temperature)
  • Snowpack and gathering current information from the snowpack
  • Ways to spot and avoid common trigger points
  • Trip planning, preparation, and navigation
  • Travel techniques in the backcountry
  • Group decision-making skills
  • Avalanche rescue techniques
  • Avalanche safety equipment

I very much enjoyed the course, it was an awesome experience. Not just the learning content, but also the location. The course covered its stated objectives, and I felt prepared thanks to the reading suggestions and the provided equipment list. I am happy with the quality of the course, we covered the basic skills I wanted to acquire.

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

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