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AIARE 1 Avalanche Course from White Pine Touring in Park City, UT.

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

Starting at $395.00 per person
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For anyone looking to ski outside of the resort boundaries, a solid education in backcountry and avalanche safety is a must-have to stay safe. Our AIARE 1 course provides a foundation for educated backcountry travel, including how to be prepared when venturing beyond the ropes. Insight into route finding, terrain, decision making, and rescue techniques is provided. Taught over three consecutive days, for a total of 24 hours of instruction, our AIARE 1 avalanche course gives you what you need to look at backcountry terrain with careful eyes.

For more information call White Pine Touring at 435-649-8710 or email us at shouse@whitepinetouring.com.

Dates & Times:

  • Session #1 SOLD OUT
    • January 6th 9am-5pm
    • January 7th 8am-5pm
    • January 8th 8am-5pm
  • Session #3 SOLD OUT
    • February 10th 9am-5pm
    • February 11th 8am-5pm
    • February 12th 8am-5pm
  • Session #4 SOLD OUT
    • February 23rd 6pm-9pm
    • February 24th 6pm-9pm
    • February 25th 8am-5pm
    • February 26th 8am-5pm
  • Session #5 SOLD OUT
    • March 10th 9am-5pm
    • March 11th 8am-5pm
    • March 12th 8am-5pm
  • Mt. Bohemia, MI Course #1 SOLD OUT
    • January 31 8am – 5pm
    • February 1 8am – 5pm
    • February 2 8am – 5pm
    • February 3 8am – 5pm
  • Mt. Bohemia, MI Course #2
    • March 16 8am – 5pm
    • March 17 8am – 5pm
    • March 18 8am – 5pm
    • March 19 8am – 5pm


Park City courses start at $395.00 (include rental equipment)
Mt. Bohemia courses start at $599 (include rental equipment, lodging, meals and a free ski day)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Recognize avalanche terrain
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue

Instructional Sessions

  1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
    • Types and characteristics of avalanches
    • Avalanche motion
    • Size classification
    • Mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
  2. Observations and Information Gathering
    • Field observation techniques
    • Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
    • Avalanche danger factors or "Red Flags"
    • Observation checklist
    • Avalanche danger scale
  3. Trip Planning and Preparation
    • Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
    • Route finding and travel techniques
    • Decision making and Human Factors
  4. Companion Rescue and Equipment