Guide

AIARE LEVEL 1

Students will start to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip in avalanche terrain, to understand basic decision making while in the field, begin to recognize avalanche types and problems, and to learn companion rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.

Dates: Include both a Wednesday evening LIVE lecture/discussion with a group of AIARE instructors and two field days.

Schedule of AIARE Level 1 Courses. ENROLL NOW

Course #1- Wed. Dec 8th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Dec 11-12, 2021

Course #2- Wed. Jan 5th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Jan. 8-9, 2022

Course #3- Wed. Jan 19th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Jan. 22-23, 2022

Course #4- Wed. Feb 2nd 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Feb. 5-6, 2022

Course #5- Wed. Feb 23rd 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Feb. 26-27, 2022

Course #6- Wed. March 9th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. March 12-13, 2022

Course #7- Wed. March 16th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. March 19-20, 2022

Course #8- Wed. March 23rd 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. March 26-27, 2022

Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and while no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion this is the foundational core curriculum for anyone venturing into the backcountry in winter. A link is made to a future AIARE Avalanche Rescue and Level 2 course.

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:
– Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
– Recognize avalanche terrain.
– Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
– Learn and apply simple companion rescue skills.

Courses will include significant time out in the cold, snow, wind; possible rain, uneven surfaces, slippery trails. Course participants must have proper cold weather gear and snow “flotation” gear -i.e. snowshoes, backcountry skis (w/metal edges and skins), or split board. Working avalanche transceiver  (less than 7 years old), shovel, probe, and medium sized day pack are required for this course.

Provided with course

  • Pre-Course Online Learning
  • Beacon, Shovel, Probe for use during course
  • AIARE Field Book and First Snow Designs Pencil
  • Digital Student Manual
  • Live instructor-led learning session

 

AIARE LEVEL 2

The AIARE Level 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

AIARE LEVEL 2 COURSES ENROLL NOW

Course #1- Wed. Feb 16th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun/Mon. Feb. 19-21, 2022

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO

Field Sessions meet 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field.
Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies.
Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.

Who Should Take this Course?

The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.

Prerequisites

Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course.
AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course Required.

Included: All course materials, beacon, shovel, probe, classroom, free parking, and great terrain close by.

Class size will be kept small for better learning and group travel experiences.

 

AIARE AVALANCHE RESCUE

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course.

Location: Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park. CO
Gear: Beacon, Shovel, Probe, Rescue Card is provided with registration.

Schedule of AIARE Avalanche Rescue Courses: ENROLL NOW

#1- Saturday, December 4th, 2021

#2- Sunday, December 5th, 2021

#3- Friday, January 7, 2022

#4- Friday, January 28, 2022

#5- Friday, February 11, 2022

#6- Friday, February 18, 2022

#7- Friday, March 4, 2022

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE Avalanche Rec Level 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to:

Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
Develop a plan for continued practice

TOTAL CLASS TIME: 8-HOURS
ALL BEACON, SHOVELS, PROBES INCLUDED

 

BACKCOUNTRY 101

Time to learn great techniques and new skills to navigate fun backcountry terrain on your skis and split boards. This full-day outdoor experience will prepare you on touring techniques for both uphill and downhill travel with a single partner or a group of friends. We will cover ways to use your gear to the full advantage of its capabilities. We will learn to set good uphill skin tracks and pace, review backcountry navigation, learn new transition skills, and cover gear/repair kits needed to get out of a poor situation. For new backcountry gear users, people wanting to prepare for a great season or anyone new to avalanche courses, this is the perfect warm-up course.

Skis and Split boards with Skins are required for this course.

Schedule of Intro to Backcountry Skiing/Split-Boarding. ENROLL NOW 

Course #1- Friday, January 21, 2022

Course #2- Friday, February 25, 2022

Course #3- Friday, March 11, 2022

Course #4- Friday, March 25, 2022

 

AIARE LEVEL 1 REFRESHER

Already taken a full 24-hour level 1 course and want to refresh on your knowledge and skills? This is the perfect for anyone who needs an update or wants a day out with an avalanche instructor to clarify new avalanche information and refresh on teamwork and observational skills.

Prerequisite: must have taken a 24-hour avalanche level 1 course.

Location: Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO

Level 1 Refresher Dates: ENROLL NOW

L1R-#1- Friday, December 3rd, 2021

L1R-#2- Friday, December 10th, 2021

L1R-#3- Sunday, December 19th, 2021

L1R-#4- Friday, January 14th, 2022

L1R-#4- Friday, February 4th, 2022

L1R-#4- Friday, March 18th, 2022

Included: online level 1 refresher, new AIARE field book, First Snow Designs mechanical pencil; beacon, shovel, probe during course; qualified avalanche instructor

 

WILDERNESS REMOTE FIRST AID, CPR, AND AED

American Red Cross Certification with Adult CPR/AED
Course Time: 16 hours
Times: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Evergreen, CO- Bivouac Coffee
The Wilderness and Remote First Aid program is appropriate for anyone 14 years and older who participates in outdoor recreational activities or who works in wilderness or remote settings where emergency medical services (EMS) response is more than 1 hour away. The Wilderness and Remote First Aid program emphasizes experiential learning and major portions of the course are taught in outdoor settings. The program content encompasses current guidelines by the American Red Cross Scientific Advisory Council. 

Featured Topics

  • Integration of emergency action principles in a wilderness setting
  • Performing primary and secondary assessment
  • Head (brain), neck and spinal injuries
  • Hypothermia
  • Altitude-related illnesses
  • Allergies and anaphylaxis
  • Wounds and wound infection
  • Bone and joint injuries
  • Burns
  • Submersion incidents
  • Bites and stings