Overview

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***PROGRAM UPDATE*** For the winter of 2020/2021 we will be offering a low ratio (4:1 max) course to help lessen contact with students.  We will also be conducting the first day of this course fully remotely and then day 2 and day 3 in the field.  This will give our students greater flexibility and allow for us to better manage contact with all students.  Please give us a call if you have any questions or concerns

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:
Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
Recognize avalanche terrain.
Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction):

1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
Types and characteristics of avalanches
Avalanche motion
Size classification
The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering

2. Observations and Information Gathering
Field observation techniques
Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
Observation checklist
Avalanche danger scale

3. Trip Planning and Preparation
Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
Route finding and travel techniques
Decision making and Human Factors

4. Companion Rescue and Equipment

Highlights

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:
Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
Recognize avalanche terrain.
Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

Location

North Conway