AIARE Level 1 – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

Contact: Linda Lawson, .

Session 2: March 13, 15, 17, 18 

  • Lectures 3/13 and 3/15 at the American Mountaineering Center (AMC) in Golden
  • Field Days 3/17 and 3/18 – lectures at Georgetown Heritage Center, field work at Berthoud Pass 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Fee $275 CMC Denver Group and $325 non-CMC Denver members.

Click here to register for Session 2

Limit: 30 students per session

Prerequisites: Students may use skis, splitboards or snowshoes during field exercises; those with skis need to be able to ski proficiently in the backcountry at an intermediate level

If you participate in winter activities such as ice or snow climbing, backcountry telemark or tour skiing, ski mountaineering or snowshoeing in the backcountry, you want to know what AIARE (American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 training can do for you. Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Level 1 is a 3-day/24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management that:

  • Provides a basic understanding of avalanches: • Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain – Level 1:

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education’s (AIARE) Level 1 course is the North American standard for anyone who participates in winter/spring activities that can take you into potential avalanche terrain such as climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, skiing, or ice climbing.  This course will provide a basic understanding of avalanches and teach you a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain.  The March Session 2 will have two evening lectures in Golden at the AMC and Saturday and Sunday classroom work will be in Georgetown Heritage Center.. There are no prerequisites for this course but being able to read a topographic map is critical to the travel route planned by students.

If you are a certified CMC Denver leader, AIARE Level 1 is available tuition free through the SALT (Support Aid for Leader Training) program providing you lead 3 qualifying winter, non-backcountry trips within 15-months of the date of your application.

Click here the SALT application form.








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