AIARE Avalanche Courses

Read More about the American Avalanche Association NEW 2018 educational guidelines and the pro/rec split here.

Read more about the American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education from the AIARE website

AIARE Level 1 Course

Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School will teach you the basics of avoiding avalanches including route selection, evaluating avalanche potential and rescue procedures. This stand alone course is a must for skiers, snowboarders, climbers & backcountry enthusiasts. The Level 1 Course provides a complete introduction to the avalanche occurrence, avalanche terrain, decision-making, and rescue. It is an ideal first course for those new to travel in avalanche terrain and a great review or upgrade for anyone who has some experience or prior training but feels they need a skills "tune-up." The Level 1 Course is designed to lead into the AIARE Level 2 Courses.
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AIARE Avalanche Rescue

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that 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.Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

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.
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AIARE 2: Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard


In the past the AIARE 2 was designed to be an entry level professional course. In 2017, AIARE 2 was redesigned to  specifically meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue class.

The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

Course Description
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Courses generally run from 9am - 4pm unless otherwise noted.  Please call Petra Cliffs to reserve your space in an open enrollment clinic or to book a day of private instruction.  We want to speak with you to ensure you are getting to program you are looking for.  E-mailing us is fine to check on dates and gather information, but your reservation will be confirmed when we speak with you in person. Thank you!