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Avalanche Training: All Programs

The AIARE Avalanche Curriculum in the Mt. Baker Backcountry

AAI's core avalanche courses are set in the world-famous backcountry accessible from the Mt. Baker Ski Area in Northwest Washington. A record-setting snowpack, easy road access, and stunning alpine terrain combine to make this one of the best outdoor classrooms in North America. Courses also available at Mt. Rainier, Blewett Pass, and Mt. Spokane, WA.


Avalanche Training: All Programs

The AIARE Avalanche Curriculum in the Mt. Baker Backcountry

  • Avalanche Training - AIARE 1
    Demonstrating the use of a Rutschblock Test to determine slope stability. Rick Kaiser

    Avalanche Training - AIARE 1

    AIARE's introductory level avalanche course provides students with the tools, knowledge, and decision making skills necessary to minimize your exposure to risk in avalanche terrain. This season, we have decided to offer two options for our courses: two online evening lectures mid-week plus two in-person field days or one full day in-person classroom session plus two in-person field days. Backcountry skiers, splitboarders, snowshoers, climbers and snowmobilers would all benefit from this training.

    • Location:Washington
    • Season:December - March
    • Length:2 Online Evenings + 2 Field Days, or 1 Full-Day Lecture + 2 Field Days
    • Cost:$475 - $685, Location Dependant
  • Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE
    A rescuer gets low to the snow to get the best readings during the Fine Search phase of a rescue. Dyan Padagas

    Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

    This course was originally introduced in the 2017/2018 season, but has since become an integral step in the AIARE avalanche education progression. This 1-day course is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course.

    • Location:Mount Baker backcountry, Washington
    • Season:December - March
    • Length:1 day
    • Cost:$195
  • Avalanche Training - AIARE 2
    Discussing terrain choices. Rick Kaiser

    Avalanche Training - AIARE 2

    The AIARE Rec 2 course is designed for advanced recreational winter travelers who have already taken AIARE 1 and the Avalanche Rescue Course. Focusing on snowpack, weather, and terrain assessment, the course builds decision-making skills and grooms students for leadership in the backcountry.

    • Location:Mount Baker backcountry
    • Season:December - March
    • Length:2 Online Evenings and 2 Field Days
    • Cost:$485
  • Avalanche Refresher - AIARE 1
    An avalanche class takes a day tour in the Mount Baker backcountry. Erik Johnson.

    Avalanche Refresher - AIARE 1

    This 1-day Avalanche course is for those who have already completed an avalanche education course and would like to refresh their skills. This field-based clinic provides an excellent review of the material in the AIARE Level 1 course and includes a discussion of industry updates.

    • Location:Mount Baker backcountry, Washington
    • Season:December - March
    • Length:1 day
    • Cost:From $170
  • Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche Training
    A skier enjoys backcountry terrain. Lyle Haugsven

    Backcountry Ski Course with Avalanche Training

    American Alpine Institute has a wide variety of winter programming available to teach you the skills you need to travel through the untracked backcountry. Many of these programs dovetail together and you can flow from one into another with minimal down-time. Whether you're beginner, intermediate, or advanced, there's a winning combination waiting for you.

    • Location:North Cascades, WA
    • Season:December - March
    • Length:4 - 6 days + 2 evening lecture sessions
    • Cost:$810 (Skiing) $960 (Splitboarding)
  • Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Instruction
    One of the snow-covered huts at the Alpine Lakes High Camp.

    Hut-Based Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Instruction

    AAI has partnered with Alpine Lakes High Camp to provide hut-based backcountry skiing, splitboarding, and avalanche instruction near Stevens Pass, WA. Roll out of bed, pull on your boots and hit the snow!

    • Location:Stevens Pass, WA
    • Season:December - March
    • Length:Varies
    • Cost:Varies

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