AIARE Avalanche Safety – Level I
Each year more skiers are venturing into the backcountry lured by the opening up of resort boundary lines and the promise of pristine powder fields and underpopulated terrain. However, with more access the risk has never been greater, and the need to know basic safety protocols, rescue techniques, avalanche hazard awareness and management are essential to survival and having a great time out there.
The AIARE curriculum is a 3-day intensive seminar is designed to give you: an understanding of avalanche formation, “nature’s billboard” observation skills, the ability to use an avalanche transceiver and probe and how to dig a snow study pit. This is a minimum amount of know-how if you want to travel, ski or ride in the backcountry or sidecountry safely. There is time spent daily in the classroom and in the field.
The goals of the course are as follows:
- The student will be taught safe travel methods in avalanche terrain
- The student be will shown how to use various rescue equipment
- The student will be taught and execute mock rescues in the field
- The student will be introduced to the avalanche triangle, weather, snowpack, terrain and the human factor
We will meet at 8:00am at The Cedar House Sport Hotel (Truckee, CA). We will begin promptly with an indoor orientation and classroom work. Please be on time. Day 1 & 2 we will be in the classroom until lunch with our afternoons in field. Day 3 we will spend 1-hr in the classroom and the rest of the day in field. Our schedule will include indoor talks and outdoor fieldwork each day – be sure to dress in layers. You will have a chance to change into warmer clothes for the field session. The course runs 8:00am – 5:00pm each day with a break for lunch. We suggest a bag lunch with snacks and plenty of water.
We will send you an updated itinerary as we get closer to the start of the course. This schedule may change slightly based on the group, weather, etc. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the NASTC office.