AIARE Avalanche Level 1 Course

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Become AIARE Level 1 Certified

Learn the key elements of making sound decisions while traveling in avalanche terrain. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught by AIARE Qualified Instructors.

What you'll learn
  • Trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals
  • Learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios
  • Backcountry touring technique instruction provided inbounds at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
  • Knowledge and skills necessary for preparation of and safety in the backcountry
  • Attain Level 1 certification upon successful completion 
  • Intermediate to expert skiers and snowboarders, ages 13+
  • Must have beacon, probe & shovel (not provided)
  • Reservations are required. Purchase online or call 530-452-4349. Purchase early as course will sell out.
Avalanche Level 1 Course Rates & Info
Dates Offered Location Time Course Only Rate Course + Lift Tickets Rate
January 6-8 Squaw Valley 8am-4pm $389 $449
February 1-3 Alpine Meadows 8am-4pm $389 $449
March 8-10 Squaw Valley  8am-4pm $389 $449

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Cancellation Policy

Lessons cancelled after 1pm the day prior will incur a $15 cancellation fee. Same day/or no show cancellations are subject to the full charge of the lesson. For same day cancellations; if you decide to re-schedule for another day a $40 administrative fee will be incurred.

530-452-4349 / 800-403-0206
Jan 6-8 / Feb 1-3 / Mar 8-10