Avalanche Education for Motorized Users

Over the 2022–23 winter season, 30% of avalanche fatalities in the U.S. were motorized users. AIARE believes that education and increased awareness can decrease fatalities and injuries.


Win the Avalanche Alliance Custom 2023 Polaris Patriot Boost RMK Khaos Slash 165 2.75”

Enter for a chance to win the Grand Prize Avalanche Alliance Custom 2023 Polaris Patriot Boost RMK Khaos Slash 165 2.75", or First, Second or Third prizes with a donation as low as just $25.

The goal for the Avalanche Alliance 2023 Sweepstakes is for the motorized snowsport community to join forces and raise money to support avalanche centers around the U.S. expand their forecasting reach in high-motorized use areas AND raise funds for avalanche education scholarships. This is an opportunity for us to show solidarity in our common goal of reducing avalanche fatalities for motorized users.

Proceeds from these sweepstakes will be awarded to Avalanche Centers in support of motorized-focused programs, Avalanche Alliance Scholarship Programs, and Avalanche Alliance Ambassador Training & Community Education Initiatives. A grant program has been envisioned by the members of the Avalanche Alliance as a way to strengthen the motorized snowsports community's connection with Avalanche Centers and support the work they are doing for the motorized community.

The Grand Prize sled is upgraded with:

  • ArcticFX Custom wrap
  • Ice Age Rails, Hellfire Wheels, Stryker A-Arms and Elevate Spindles
  • SLP Mohawk Skis, Head, Silencer and Clutch Kit
  • ZRP Master Cylinder cover Lightweight rotor, Titanium Bolt kit and Billet Steering Post
  • Pro Armor Bumpers
  • Seat Concept Seat

First Prize: Marlon Xplore Pro II sled deck
Total Value $6,207. Delivery included.

Second Prize: 2024 Arctic Cat ZR 200
The ultimate ride for young trailblazers! The ZR® 200 is the ultimate SSCC trail-certified sled for young riders to explore their passion at your side.

Third Prize: Klim Head-to-Toe Winter Package
KLIM Lochsa One-Piece, F3 Carbon Helmet, Atlas 24L Avalanche Backpack, Edge Goggle, and Adrenaline Pro GTX BOA Boot. Total Value $3,295.95

Fourth Prize: Ortovox Safety Package
The ORTOVOX DIRACT avalanche rescue set includes lightweight, reliable avalanche equipment for beginners. We chose the critical components every rider needs to perform an avalanche rescue. Each component was designed to be highly intuitive so they can be easily mastered even in stressful situations. Includes DIRACT transeiver, ALU 240 probe, BADGER shovel & handle, and AVABAG LiTRIC FREERIDE 18 airbag. Total Value: $1,700.

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Host an AIARE Avalanche Awareness Presentation

Interested in hosting an Avalanche Awareness presentation? Contact one of the AIARE Providers linked below to schedule your event. If you are in the mountain west, you can also contact your local avalanche center, many of whom offer custom avalanche awareness events. 

AIARE Providers can bring an interactive presentation to any venue for groups large and small. Presentations can range from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on your group’s needs. Awareness presentations includes topics like:

❄️ How to find information about avalanche hazard

❄️ Recognizing where avalanches can happen

❄️ Skills & equipment riders will need 

❄️ Next steps to continue education

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Motorized AIARE Program?

Find a Recreational Motorized AIARE course

When you book with one of our providers, you’re signing on for a great educational experience.

Motorized AIARE Providers meet rigorous quality standards and employ qualified instructors with specialized training who participate in continual professional development. AIARE Providers have permits to operate in some of the best riding venues in the mountain west.

You can find a course or provider by changing the search filter to "Motorized" or book your course directly through one of AIARE’s growing network of motorized course providers nationwide.


Train to become an AIARE Instructor or Avalanche Professional

In addition to motorized avalanche education for recreational snowmobilers, AIARE offers curriculum for aspiring avalanche professionals whose primary travel mode is motorized. This includes PRO 1 and PRO 2 courses for motorized users, as well as an Instructor Training Course geared toward snowmobilers.

Learn more about the educational progression for becoming an instructor or check out the links above for more information about these course offerings and their qualifications.

Live Large University Scholarship

The #LiveLargeUniversity AIARE Scholarship was created to help change the culture of Backcountry Snowmobiling and normalize advanced avalanche education, inspire sledders to pursue avalanche education as a benchmark for being a backcountry rider and build industry partnerships.

Funds raised for this scholarship will be used to offer full & partial scholarships for individuals pursuing AIARE PRO, Instructor Training, and Recreation courses. Scholarship applications for the coming winter season are open each fall. Support this scholarship fund by purchasing retail or donating below!

Arctic Cat® and The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Team to Advance Avalanche Safety Education

Arctic Cat® Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE:TXT) company, and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) announced today that AIARE has become Arctic Cat’s official avalanche safety education partner. This relationship will further promote avalanche safety education to a larger audience, so more snowmobile enthusiasts can share the ride safely.

AIARE makes a huge impact on avalanche safety in the snowmobile community, with more than 1,000 students per year attending its in-person avalanche safety courses. The agreement between AIARE and Arctic Cat will provide... read more.

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