We are proud to be a certified provider for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). The courses are designed to provide you with a consistent and clear understanding of avalanche hazards and how to manage the risks of venturing into avalanche terrain.

With AIARE avalanche education in your back-country toolbox, you’ll be able to: 
  • Identify potential hazards in the back-country
  • Understand the hazards communicated through an avalanche forecast
  • Identify and manage your risk
  • Recognize avalanche terrain
  • Plan trips that avoid or minimize exposure to avalanche terrain
  • Rescue your partners if they are caught in an avalanche

AIARE courses at IMCS have a student-to-teacher ratio of 6:1. We teach our courses in a mix of classroom, outdoor, and backcountry settings.

Course options:

AIARE 1 course is for anyone, regardless of method of backcountry travel, who would like to or currently ventures into or near avalanche terrain.

One day AIARE Avalanche Rescue course takes a more in-depth approach to specific aspects of the AIARE curriculum. Students must have already completed the AIARE 1 to enroll. Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and the 1-day Avalanche Rescue to enroll in more advanced courses (AIARE 2 or the AIARE Pro 1 course).

Avalanche equipment (beacon, probe, shovel) is provided as part of the AIARE courses at IMCS.

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