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AIARE Avalanche Rec Level I Course

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AIARE Avalanche Recreation Level I Course is three day course intended to help students develop a good foundation in how to prepare for and execute 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. This would apply to anyone interested in backcountry ice climbs, backcountry touring or mountaineering.

Students are given opportunities to apply the skills during the course and while safety can never be fully guaranteed from taking any course or instruction course completion has the foundational skills and knowledge for anyone venturing into the backcountry in winter. This also links into future AIARE Avalanche Rescue and Level 2 courses in which students may participate.

Dates and Locations

  • Wed. Dec 8th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Dec 11-12, 2021- RMNP, Estes Park
  • Wed. Jan 5th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Jan. 8-9, 2022- RMNP, Estes Park
  • Wed. Jan 26th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Jan. 29-30, 2022- RMNP, Estes Park
  • Wed. Feb 2nd 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Feb. 5-6, 2022- RMNP, Estes Park
  • Wed. Feb 23rd 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. Feb. 26-27, 2022- RMNP, Estes Park
  • Tues. March 8th 9:00-3:30PM Online, Wed/Thurs March 9-10, 2022 Peru Creek, Keystone, CO
  • Wed. March 9th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. March 12-13, 2022- RMNP, Estes Park
  • Wed. March 16th 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. March 19-20, 2022- RMNP, Estes Park
  • Tues. March 22nd 9:00-3:30PM Online, Wed/Thurs March 23-24, 2022 Peru Creek, Keystone, CO
  • Wed. March 23rd 6-9:30PM, Sat/Sun. March 26-27, 2022- RMNP, Estes Park

This course is offered through our partners at Bondi Outdoor Leadership. For a $25 discount enter code Bondi-CCC$25

Backcountry Skills You'll Learn

For anyone interested in backcountry travel in the winter this is a must-do course to gain the framework to make decisions in avalanche terrain. During this course students will gain the knowledge 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