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  • Are you prepared to travel in the backcountry?
  • Take an AIARE avalanche course, be prepared
  • Make a PLAN
  • Work as a TEAM - Travel together, decide together
  • OBSERVE - look for signs of instability
  • CHOOSE TERRAIN appropriate for the conditions
  • TRAVEL WISELY - GET SOME AIR!
  • Get the Forecast

WHEN YOU’RE TRAVELING IN THE BACKCOUNTY…

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Do you know…

  • Where the dangerous slopes are?
  • How to avoid those slopes?
  • What happens if the slope slides?
  • How to perform a rescue?

 

TAKE AN AVALANCHE COURSE FROM AN AIARE PROVIDER

In the AIARE 1 course you will learn the basics for managing risk in the backcountry

You’ll learn how to…

  • Plan for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Identify avalanche terrain
  • Decide where and how to travel
  • Practice companion rescue
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The AIARE 2 follows the AIARE 1

In the AIARE 2 you’ll learn…

  • More about avalanche terrain, particularly from the perspective of stability analysis
  • How the snowpack develops and metamorphoses over time; and discuss the factors that contribute to spatial variability
  • The standard observation guidelines and recording formats for factors that influence or indicate snow stability
  • An advanced understanding of avalanche release and triggering mechanisms
  • How to use snow stability analysis and a forecasting framework
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The AIARE 3 provides avalanche training for professionals and recreational leaders

In the AIARE 3 you’ll learn…

  • Operational style stability analysis/forecasting
  • Independent and team decision making
  • Knowledge based tools used in hazard forecasting
  • New research in avalanche processes
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The Continued Professional Development for Avalanche Workers course

In the CPD for Avalanche Workers you’ll…

  • Review and discuss practices for risk management in avalanche operations with your peer group
  • Contribute to round table exercises focused on strategies and tools that improve the daily avalanche forecast, mitigate the hazard, communicate risk, and improve worker and public safety.

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logo-brooks-rangeBrooks-Range is a small company of mountaineers providing a selection of innovative, top-quality equipment for alpinists, backcountry travelers, and professional mountain and ski guides.

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Use.Design.Engineer.Build.Repeat.

This never-ending process drives everything we do at Black Diamond. We're as passionate about building gear as we are about the sports we use it for. We trust what we make, because we use what we make.


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At Arc`teryx our central purpose is to build the finest products possible.

The Arc`teryx advantage is achieved by merging our unrivaled designs with the best quality, highest performing materials and assembling them in the most innovative and most durable manner for the intended use.


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safety for years and is .doing everything in its power to keep the risks of mountain sports as low as possible. In addition to worldwide prevention and training projects, the development team is constantly working on new and innovative products to further increase safety in the snow.

 wildsnow-logoCurrent and archived articles about backcountry skiing, equipment reviews and much more. Lou Dawson's Backcountry skiing blog is for the true backcountry skier. Lou was inducted into the Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 2005 for his contributions to backcountry skiing.
Additional article contributions by Lisa Dawson, their son Louie and friends.

  

 

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