Program Overview

 

AIARE Avalanche Course Progression

Course and length Student Objective Hazard Management Outcomes Link
Avalanche Awareness
1-2 hours
General Public (tailored to):

  • Middle & High School
  • Snowmobiliers
  • Skier, Boarders
  • Mixed user groups
Public awareness of risks associated with recreating in the winter backcountry. Provide information to access the avalanche bulletins, local info.Provide information regarding “observable clues” that indicate avalanche danger. Suggest a Level 1 Avalanche Course for further education or the Introduction fo Avalanche Safety.
Introduction to Avalanches 1 or 2 days  General Public (tailored to):

  • Riders frequenting avalanche terrain via lift access  or easily accessible backcountry trail-heads.
  • Day trip riders heading to “near country”.

 

  • Introduce riders to the risks associated with backcountry travel accessed via lift service and easily accessible roadside trail-heads.
  • Review the history of avalanche activity in terrain the participant is likely to travel through.
  • Introduce and learn basic avalanche safety practices common to backcountry travellers.
 Suggest a Level 1 Avalanche Course for further education.
AIARE 1 DECISION MAKING IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN
3 days/24 hours
  • Introductory student
  • Recreational backcountry leader and party member

 

  • Introduces the avalanche phenomena.
  • More than an avalanche “awareness” course.
  • Introduces planning and prep for travel in avalanche terrain, human factors, terrain recognition, “red flag” observations, terrain selection, travel techniques.
  • Basic companion rescue
  • Basic hazard management course.
  • Uses rule based tools in combination with introductory knowledge based decision making tools.
  • Stand-alone course.
  • Provides link to level 2 course for backcountry leaders
AIARE 2 ANALYZING SNOW STABILITY AND AVALANCHE HAZARD
4 days
  • Advanced
  • Backcountry team leader
  • Introductory professional: ski patrol, guide
Advanced Avalanche course

  • SWAG module, standardizes observation, recording guidelines.
  • Advances understanding of mountain snowpack.
  • Advanced rescue skills
  • Improves decision making and terrain skills.
  • Introduces stability factors/checklist and other stability evaluation tools.
  • Adds snow stability evaluation to hazard/risk management model.
  • Defines professional observation skills
  • Introductory
  • Professional course or advanced recreational team leader course.
  • The SWAG module for the level 3 course
AIARE 3 ADVANCED AVALANCHE TRAINING FOR PROFESSIONALS AND RECREATIONAL LEADERS
7 days
ProfessionalEducation for:

  • Patrollers
  • Guides
  • CPD for forecasters
  • Advanced recreational leaders
  • Review of snowpack processes
  • Review of new research
  • Operational forecasting course.
  • Advanced decision making in avalanche terrain.
  • Advanced rescue skills
  • Operational style stability analysis/forecast.
  • Independent and team decision- making.
  • Knowledge based tools used in hazard forecasting
Combination of levels 2/ 3; plus completion of Level 3 assessment leads to pass/fail certificate.

Continued Professional Development for Avalanche Workers

  • This course targets career professionals motivated to continue the learning process
  • 4-day forum where operation managers, forecasters, team leaders, educators, and guides interact and exchange ideas with others in the industry
  • Focuses on risk management and best practices in avalanche operations

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