Avalanche Courses Central Oregon

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course- For Climbers and Mountaineers (Snowshoe Based Travel)

We’re excited to announce our first AIARE 1 course on snowshoes. This course is geared towards mountaineers and other winter recreationists who don’t ski, but still travel in avalanche terrain. We’re offering this course due to popular request of the many snow-walkers out there who want to learn to travel in avalanche terrain.

Decision Making In Avalanche Terrain

The level one course is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard and management.

The course is expected to:

  • Provide a basic understanding of avalanches
  • Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers”
  • Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field
  • Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Recognize avalanche terrain
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue

Students must be able to travel in avalanche on snowshoes. In addition, students must be prepared for both inside and outside coursework. Skiers are welcome to join the group, but must know that most of the participants will be traveling on snowshoes.

Course Locations:

All instruction is in the Bend Area.


Central Oregon

Offered by private arrangement in the Bend area. Call us for a quote for your group.

Trip Length: 
3 days
Trip Dates: 
Dates arranged on a custom basis.
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