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

In addition to the recent recognition in Travel & Leisure and National Geographic Adventure, our Kilimanjaro expedition was selected as “The Millennium Climb” by Men’s Journal and has been highlighted in the New York Times, MSNBC.com, Business Week and Blue Magazine.

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

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