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.
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.