We are proud to be an AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) course provider, and to offer AIARE avalanche courses in the Park City, Utah area and beyond. Avalanche danger is nothing to joke about. Traveling in the backcountry in the winter months requires not only the proper gear, but the proper training and education. With low student-to-instructor ratios, highly-qualified and diverse instructors, and exclusive terrain access through our partnership with Park City Powder Cats, our avalanche courses are designed for everyone from the beginner backcountry user to aspiring guides and professionals.
AIARE 1: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
The AIARE 1 course provides a solid foundation on how to prepare, plan and execute a successful backcountry tour. Students will learn about avalanche rescue, trip preparation and planning, terrain identification and route finding. This is the minimum course you need to safely travel in the backcountry.
AIARE 2: Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard
This three-day program builds on your established experience and further hones decision making skills, traveling in more complicated terrain, and developing a travel plan. Completion of an AIARE 1 avalanche course, as well as an Avalanche Rescue course is required before registering for this class.
AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course
This one-day course is designed to help you stay up-to-date on best practices in rescue technique and equipment. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue course at least every other year. This is a prerequisite for AIARE 2 and AIARE Pro.
Free Avalanche Awareness Lecture
Join us for a free, introductory two-hour avalanche awareness lecture. Far from an AIARE 1 course, this seminar explains the basics of avalanche knowledge and provides a chance for you to learn a bit more about the hazards of traveling in the backcountry and avalanche terrain.
AIARE Pro Avalanche Courses
For professional guides, patrollers, and experienced backcountry leaders, the AIARE Pro courses provide a comprehensive framework for making educated decisions and properly reacting to terrain hazards. Completion of AIARE 1 and Avalanche rescue courses is required before registering for this class.
Ortovox has supplied all of the high-end avalanche safety gear used by our instructors and students. This incredible level of support from Ortovox ensures our students get to practice with the best, most current equipment on the market, and that our instructors have the most dependable, professional-level avalanche safety equipment available.
Arc’teryx has outfitted all of our instructors with backcountry-ready uniforms, ensuring that they are able to stay warm, dry, and focused on teaching during long days in the mountains.
Park City Powder Cats provides our AIARE Avalanche Education Program with access to 30,000+ acres of private teaching terrain in the Uinta Mountains.