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:

  • 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 enjoyed this trip very much-everything went very smoothly. The details in the trip information-how much cash to bring and the gear list really helped. Everything was excellent-better than expected!

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

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