Why Learn with Us?

Why Our AIARE Avalanche Safety 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
  • Students who complete our AIARE 1 2023-2024 program will receive a 10% discount on a 6 Day Cascades Mountaineering course for the 2024 summer season.

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

Climbing Mt. Rainier with Alpine Ascents is officially one of the best experiences of my life, one I will tell to anyone who will listen. Spending two nights on the mountain, at Muir and high camp, really works in breaking up the climb into easy sections, allows for a rest and time to take in the amazing views. The ratio of guides to climbers makes for a more personal summit day climb, which is something I really appreciate.

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

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Safety Course BLOG

  • The Importance of Avalanche Education

    Submission by Trevor Husted  The memory is vivid, it started with a hollow thump that turned into a heavy roar. The sound dissipated as quickly as it started and when our group of backcountry splitboarders arrived at the ridge we looked over to the next slope and saw that the whole slope of snow had […]

  • Backcountry Tour Planning Webinar & Trip Planning Tools

    When conditions are prime for winter backcountry adventure, it’s easy to get caught up in the stoke and overlook essential pre-trip preparation in a rush to get on the skin track. In this webinar, guide and backcountry powder chaser, Elias Zane Holt, lays out how to plan a successful and safe trip into the mountains, […]

  • Learning to Lead: Taking the Next Step with SheJumps AIARE 2

    by Alicia Mau As we made our way up the steep, northeast facing slope it became increasingly more difficult to sidehill. The wind scoured snow morphed into ice and my gloved fingers gripped my poles a bit tighter with every slip of my ski edge. We hoped switching to bootpacking would get us the rest […]

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