We offer a full range of American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses through our White Pine Touring guiding service to help backcountry enthusiasts develop the skills and knowledge needed to travel safely in the mountains during the winter months. Our strict ratio of six students per instructor ensures a personal and engaged learning experience for every course participant.
Whether you ski, snowboard, or snowshoe, our AIARE avalanche courses are designed to give you the skills and educated confidence you need to safely enjoy your time in the backcountry. Our AIARE qualified instructors have years of experience in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains, and have travelled the world in search of the unique snowpack and climates that have broadened their knowledge base. Whether you’re just starting to entertain the idea of out-of-bounds adventure, or you’re looking to assume a leadership role in your backcountry travels, there is an AIARE course for you. Check out our offerings below for specific information on course itineraries, student learning outcomes and course outlines.
Our Avalanche Education Program was developed by International Federation of Mountain Guides Association (IFMGA) certified guide, Freddy Grossniklaus. Beginning in 2000, Freddy worked closely with AIARE to develop the curricula for the current AIARE 1, 2 and 3 courses.
In 2002, White Pine Touring was approached by Freddy as a trusted partner that could address the insurance and logistical concerns hindering his efforts. At the start of the 2004 winter season, Freddy began mentoring current Avalanche Education Program Director, Scott House, and the two worked closely to develop an extensive and sustainable avalanche education program. Soon after, White Pine Touring became an official AIARE course provider – a distinction they hold to this day.
Park City Powder Cats & Heli-Ski (PCCats) shares our commitment to comprehensive avalanche education. Our partnership with this elite guiding operations allows our students to take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in a true backcountry environment. PCCats’ snowcat access to 40,000 acres of private terrain at Thousand Peaks Ranch allows our students complete every avalanche course with real backcountry experience under their belts. It’s all part of making certain AIARE students in the Wasatch Mountains receive the best possible avalanche education, and have the skills to head out-of-bounds as responsible members of the backcountry community.