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Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course

Intensive 4 day course that covers the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, travel techniques, human factors, and companion rescue. Course will be held in Tacoma @ Edgeworks Climbing Gym by an AIARE certified instructor.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

* Due to a portion of this course being funded by the Olympia Mountaineers it is only eligible to Olympia members. Priority will be given to Olympia Intermediate Climbing Students and Olympia Climbing/Winter Travel Activity Leaders until Jan 1, 2019. Thanks for your understanding.  Leader permission is required to receive promo code for special discount offered by Olympia Mountaineers * 

This is a 4 days course that covers the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, travel techniques, human factors and companion rescue. This course will focus on identifying the right questions, rather than proving "answers". We will offer lessons and exercises that are practical and applicable in the field.

At the end of this course you should be able to : 

  • plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
  • recognize avalanche terrain
  • describe a framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
  • apply effective companion rescue

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course Curriculum Includes

  • Weather
  • Snowpack
  • Avalanche Phenomenon
  • Terrain Selection
  • Human Factors
  • Decision Making
  • Avalanche Danger ratings
  • Self Rescue / Companion Rescue
  • Trip Planning and Preparation
  • Travel Techniques
  • Bonding Test / Test Profiles

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Course Requirements
Course Activity Date Availability Leader
AIARE L1 Field Work 4th day 2nd trip
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
Registration closed Jan 25
0 participants
Required Equipment

Back Country Equipment

  • Day-Tour Pack
  • Touring Skis, Split Board or Snow Shoes
  • Climbing Skins
  • Ski Poles
  • Avalanche Transceiver (max 5 years old)
  • Avalanche Probe
  • Avalanche Shovel (Metal Blade required)


  • Appropriate winter layers per Mountaineers standards

10 Essentials / Winter Systems

Course Equipment

  • AIARE Field Book (will be supplied with course)
  • Mechanical Pencil
  • Snow Saw
  • Snow Study Kit (optional): dial stem thermometer (celsius), crystal card, loupe (5x - 10x magnification)
Course Materials

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