AIARE Level 1 for Snowshoers/Skiers -2021

Avalanche Safety Course

AIARE Level 1

AIARE Level 1 is an 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).

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.

Who Should Take this Course

AIARE Level 1 is for ANYONE, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course.

Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the 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.


Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. If you're planning to travel on skis or splitboard, you must be able to ski or ride blue runs at a resort competently or travel on snowshoes. There are no other prerequisites.

Lectures/Field days

This course consists of 2 online evening lectures and 2 field days, all of which are required. Dates below:

  • Thursday, March 11 from 6PM - 9:30PM (Online lecture)
  • Friday, March 12 from 6PM - 9:30PM (Online lecture)
  • Saturday, March 13 from 8AM - 4:30PM (Mt. Rainier Field Day)
  • Sunday March 14 from 8AM - 4:30PM (Mt. Rainier Field Day)


The Tacoma Mountaineers has partnered with Edgeworks Climbing Gym for this course. Please register for this course on the course registration link. Details regarding course format will be provided by Edgeworks. 

additional info/questions

Please reach out to Meredith Mosman ( for additional information or questions regarding this course. 

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Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.