If you’re looking to get into backcountry skiing/riding, getting the proper education is just as important as getting the right gear. Sign up for an AIARE I through San Juan Expeditions and you will be taken through a standardized curriculum that covers snow and avalanche science, moving safely through backcountry terrain, and emergency rescue. The AIARE instructors and IFMGA/AMGA trained/certified ski guides have extensive experience guiding, teaching and skiing the backcountry. San Juan Expeditions' mountain guide service combines experience, knowledge-base, and access to backcountry ski terrain in Colorado's San Juan Range.
The Level 1 Course includes +/-8 hours of classroom instruction and +/-16 hours of field instruction. The course cost includes AIARE manual, AIARE dues & AIARE field book. Subjects covered include;
- Types of avalanches
- Characteristics of avalanches
- How avalanches form and release
- Assessing avalanche terrain
- Trip planning and preparation
- Route Finding Decision making
- Avalanche gear review (beacons, probes, airbags, etc.)
- Rescue protocols and procedures
Discounts on Gear and Demos:
Avalanche Course participants will receive the following discounts: 50% discount on AT demo ski equipment, $50 off a Mammut airbag, $25 off an Intro Avalanche Gear Equipment Package or $30 off a Guide Recommended Avalanche Gear Equipment Package, $25 discount on Aspen Expeditions ski camps.