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Irwin Guides Avalanche Courses – AIARE Level 1 – Jan 22-24

January 22 - January 24


January 22 – 24

Our classroom will be at the Monarch Mountain Lodge. Discounted lodging available at Monarch Mountain Lodge (Monarch Pass) and The Amigo Motor Lodge (Salida). Receive 10% off backcountry rental gear for Irwin courses at Salida Mountain Sports!



The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is a 3-day, 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazards. With a mix of both classroom and field time, the focus of the course is to learn how to recognize hazards, how to manage and minimize them and finally how to respond in case of an emergency.


Students will come away from the course having learned:
  • How to prepare and plan for a backcountry tour
  • How to analyze an avalanche forecast
  • How to identify avalanche terrain & avalanche types
  • How to recognize hazardous conditions
  • Basic snow pack understanding
  • Route selection and terrain features
  • Snowpack tests  and interpretation
  • Educated decision making
  • Basic rescue techniques
  • Group management


  • Inclusions: AIARE Level 1 Course Manual, AIARE Field Book, AIARE Level 1 certificate upon successful completion of course.
  • Exclusions: Lodging, food, avalanche safety gear, backcountry touring gear.*
  • A detailed equipment list will be provided upon course registration.
  • Suggested Reading: Snow Sense: A Guide to Evaluating Snow Avalanche Hazard, by Fredston & Fesler
  • After successful completion of the AIARE Level 1 Rec Course students can further their education with AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course and AIARE Level 2 Rec Course.

*Avalanche safety gear and backcountry touring set-ups and be rented for an additional fee.


January 22
January 24