Aspen Alpine Guides is partnered with The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and offers a comprehensive schedule of avalanche courses that follow the curriculum for Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain from AIARE.
AIARE Level I Avalanche: Sangree Hut Based
Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain: 3 Nights / 3 Days, Thursday Evening (Classroom Session) through Sunday Afternoon.
PRICE: $475 per person
January 10 - 13, 2019
January 24 - 27, 2019
February 7 - 10, 2019
February 28 - March 3, 2019
AAG has partnered up with the 10th Mountain Division Hut to offer Level I Avalanche courses in the ideal backcountry learning environment. These three-night, three-day courses enable all participants to experience backcountry conditions within the 10th Mountain Hut system by using the backcountry huts as a base for the course and fieldwork. The course includes the AIARE registration fees, field and course handbooks, and the hut fees for Friday and Saturday nights. Participants in the course are responsible for lodging for Thursday evening, and food for the duration of the course.
The AIARE Level I Certification Course is a 3 day / 24 credit hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. The course will:
Provide a basic understanding of avalanches.
Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain.
Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing "answers."
Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field.
Students can expect:
To develop a good understanding of how to prepare for and carry out a trip.
To understand basic decision making while in the field such as terrain and route options.
To learn techniques required to rescue a buried person with beacon, shovel and probe.
*The Sangree Hut is located out of Leadville, Colorado.
AIARE Level I Avalanche: Aspen Based
Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain: 1 Night / 2 Days with Evenings (Friday night, Saturday and Sunday)
PRICE: $395 per person
February 15 - 17, 2019
March 22 - 24, 2019
In addition to the Hut based course offerings, AAG runs a series of AIARE courses that can be taken while staying in town. The evening Sessions are held in town while the Field Work days are held in nearby areas where route finding and terrain selection can be experienced. Similar in curriculum to the Hut based courses, these "stand alone" courses also emphasize decision making skills for safety and risk management along with safe terrain selection. The AIARE Level 1 course is for active on-mountain and side country skiers and riders who want quick access to high alpine terrain, but who also want to know what they are moving through. The course includes the AIARE registration fees, field and course handbooks. Participants in the course are responsible for their own lodging and meals for the duration of the course.
The course is recommended for skiers and snowboarders with a 6 to 7 Ski School Level (PSIA) ability. Participants should be comfortable on blue runs in any and all conditions and should be exploring black runs in various conditions.
The AIARE Level I Certification Course is a 3 day / 24 credit hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.
Programming will vary, but areas will include:
Day 1: Government Trail Cooridor
Day 2: Snowmass beacon park / Powderhorn / Burnt Mt.
Day 3: Aspen Mt. / Richmond Ridge
AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course
January 6, 2019
March 10, 2019
February 9, 2019 LBB (women’s specific)
This Aspen-based 1-day refresher course is based off of industry and rescue standards. Students will work with beacons, shovels and probes to demonstrate effective techniques for beacon searching, and basic searching and medical care practices. AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.
AIARE Rec Level II Avalanche: Aspen
*The redesigned AIARE 2 is designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational backcountry travelers who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue class.
Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard: 4 Days with Evenings
Dates: Check back for dates for the 2018/2019 Winter season
Price: $525 per person
The Level II course is designed for backcountry and recreational group leaders who want to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.
The curriculum will Include:
Advanced understanding of avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis.
Discuss how the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability.
Learn standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability. SWAG MODULE.
Advance understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms.
Introduce a snow stability analysis and forecasting framework.
Improve companion rescue skills including multiple and deep burials.
The AIARE Level II Course is a 40 hour program.
This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: Level III Certification