AIARE 1 Avalanche Courses

AIARE 1: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

Starting at $450 per person

Includes rental equipment as needed


Lesson Details

Park City courses start at $450.00 (includes rental equipment)
Session #1 SOLD OUT
January 5th, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm
January 6th, 2018, 8:00aam-5:00pm
January 7th, 2018, 7:00am-5:00pm

Session #2 SOLD OUT
January 26th, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm
January 27th, 2018, 8:00aam-5:00pm
January 28th, 2018, 7:00am-5:00pm

Session #3
February 9th, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm
February 10th, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm
February 11th, 2018, 7:00am-5:00pm

Session #4
February 23rd, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm
February 24th, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm
February 25th, 2018, 7:00am-5:00pm

Session #5
March 9th, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm
March 10th, 2018, 8:00am-5:00pm
March 11th, 2018, 7:00am-5:00pm



For anyone who travels in the backcountry or plans on leaving ski resort boundaries, an AIARE 1 avalanche course is a must. This level one course teaches travel techniques, basic rescue procedures, and information that should be standard for anyone adventuring in the backcountry, with or without a guide. Course participants can expect to develop a solid knowledge base on how to prepare for and execute a backcountry trip, a responsible and educated decision making process, and how to rescue a buried person (should a member of your party be caught in an avalanche.) Based in the Park City area, this course includes a mix of classroom time and fieldwork that takes place over three days for 24 hours of total instruction time.

AIARE 1 Student Learning Outcomes:

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

Instructional Sessions

  • Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
    • Types and characteristics of avalanches
    • Avalanche motion
    • Size classification
    • Mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
  • Observations and Information Gathering
    • Field observation techniques
    • Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
    • Avalanche danger factors or "Red Flags"
    • Observation checklist
    • Avalanche danger scale
  • Trip Planning and Preparation
    • Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
    • Route finding and travel techniques
    • Decision making and Human Factors
  • Companion Rescue and Equipment

Please review the Cancellation Policy specific to Avalanche Courses before enrolling.

Students must be 16 years of age, or older.

For more information please call our Experts at White Pine Touring at 435-649-8710 or email

Park City Powder Cats

Thanks to our unique partnership with Park City Powder Cats & Heli-Ski and Thousand Peaks Ranch, one full day of AIARE 1 fieldwork is performed in a true, remote backcountry setting. A snowcat transports students up to the staging yurt, allowing for convenient touring access to a wide range of slopes and snow conditions that serve as an invaluable teaching tool for our instructors. We would like to thank Park City Powder Cats & Heli-Ski for their continued help and support ensuring that AIARE 1 students in the Wasatch Mountains receive the best possible avalanche education. For more information on Park City Powder Cats & Heli-Ski and their Thousand Peaks Ranch location, please visit