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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
  • Get the Forecast

American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education


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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?



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

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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