Course Description

Participants must be physically able and equipped to travel in avalanche terrain on Mt. Washington.

The AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level 1 Avalanche Course is a three-day (24 hour) introduction to avalanche hazard management.

Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

Students are encouraged and counseled on how to best apply the knowledge gained and skills learned. Students are also counseled to continue their avalanche education, as no one course can fully guarantee safety during the course or following course completion.

Who Should Take This Course?

The AIARE 1 course is for anyone, regardless of method of backcountry travel, who would like to or currently ventures into or near avalanche terrain. Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and the 1-day Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for enrolling in more advanced courses AIARE courses (AIARE 2 or the AIARE Pro 1 course).

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue.

Course Instruction

A series of instructional sessions, including both classroom and field instruction will be provided. Each student will receive a copy of The AIARE Student Handbook, as well as a copy of the AIARE Backcountry Decision-Making Guide.

Avalanche Equipment

Each student will be provided an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel to use during the course. A list of required personal equipment items will be provide to course participants upon course registration. 

Student Prerequisites:
Students must be physically able to travel in avalanche terrain. There are no other prerequisites for participating in this course.

Course Cost: $525


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AIARE 2022-2023 Calendar

Courses updated 9/15/22, please call the office for real-time availability!! (603) 356-7064

December 17-19 (Saturday – Monday)

December 21-23 (Wednesday –  Friday)

December 26-28 (Monday – Wednesday)

January 6-8 (Friday – Sunday)

January 28-30 (Saturday – Monday)

February 3-5 (Friday – Sunday) ICE FEST

February 6-8 (Monday – Wednesday)

February 18-20 (Saturday – Monday) President’s Day Weekend

February 25-27 (Saturday – Monday)

March 4 – 6 (Saturday – Monday)

John R. Kascenska will return as the AIARE Instructor for the 2022-2023 winter season.

John has 40 years of outdoor adventure program experience; teaching courses in rock climbing, ice climbing, general mountaineering, wilderness medicine, outdoor leadership, risk management, and research.