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

AIARE 1: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

Starting at $480.00 per person


For anyone looking to ski outside of 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 backcountry gates. Insight into route finding, terrain, decision making, and rescue techniques is provided. With a total of 24 hours of curriculum, our AIARE 1 avalanche course gives you what you need to look at backcountry terrain with careful eyes.

Thanks to our unique partnership with Park City Powder Cats, Thousand Peaks Ranch, and the U.S. Forest Service, one full day of the AIARE 1 fieldwork is performed in a true, remote backcountry setting in the Uinta Mountains. We would like to thank our partners for their continued help and support in ensuring that AIARE 1 students in the Wasatch Mountains receive the best possible avalanche education. For more information on skiing and riding with Park City Powder Cats, please visit pccats.com.

Students must be 16 years of age or older.

Please review our Reservation & Cancellation Policy.

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

**Course logistics, times, and locations are subject to change due to the ever-evolving Covid-19 pandemic.**

Private AIARE 1

White Pine Touring is now offering private AIARE 1 avalanche courses. Private AIARE 1 courses follow the same course guidelines and meet the same learning objectives as our public AIARE 1 courses. Private courses feature smaller class sizes, lower student-to-instructor ratios, customized scheduling and classroom locations, and they are more personalized to each group’s experience and goals. For pricing and more information on booking a private AIARE 1 course, contact Scott House at shouse@whitepinetouring.com.

Dates & Times:

  • January 7th – 9th, 2022 SOLD OUT
  • January 21st – 23rd, 2022 SOLD OUT
  • February 4th – 6th, 2022 SOLD OUT
  • February 18th – 20th, 2022 SOLD OUT
  • March 4th – 6th, 2022 SOLD OUT


Starting at $480.00 per person

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use the AIARE Decision Making Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting
  • Demonstrate 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