Pro 1 Prerequisites

Student requirements for enrollment in a Pro 1:

  • Completion of an AIARE 1 or AAA recognized Level 1 course for student pursuing the Professional track.
  • Completion of  an AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course or AAA recognized Avalanche Rescue course (available starting in late 2017)
  • One winter season (20 days or more) of relevant experience, demonstrated through one of the following:
    • Prior avalanche work experience or
    • A supervised unpaid work internship in the guiding/avalanche industry, supported by a letter of reference or
    • Winter backcountry travel experience supported by documented trip planning and recorded field observations that contributed to avalanche hazard assessment and personal avalanche risk management or
    • Letter of Recommendation from professional member or
    • AAA Membership, Affiliate or Professional

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In addition to the applicant resume AIARE requires the applicant to submit:

  • 3 drafted snow profiles from the current winter
  • 3 days of operational hazard forecast forms (or trip plans using the AIARE field book Plan pages) to the AIARE Pro Program Director. Applications will not be accepted without the documentation

Please have documents ready to upload at the time of registration.

Reading List:

  • AIARE 1 Student Manual
  • AIARE 2 Student Manual/Workbook
  • Snow, Weather and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines, Published AAA, 2016 edition (SWAG)
  • The Avalanche Handbook, Dave McLung, 1993 edition


Pro 1 Course Index: