Avalanche Level 1 COURSES (AIAre 1)

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All avalanche courses conducted by Never Summer Outdoor School are qualified by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). AIARE trains and qualifies instructors and course providers using the latest in technology, research and avalanche industry practices to give participants the most recent, relevant experience to stay safe in avalanche terrain. 

The AIARE 1 is a 24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.

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).

Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. 

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 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.

Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction) :

1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena

2. Observations and Information Gathering

3. Trip Planning and Preparation

4. Companion Rescue and Equipment

Student Prerequisites :

Students must be able to travel up to 4 miles per day on snow in and out of avalanche terrain.

Required equipment for all avalanche courses will be sent before courses to participants. 

See available AIARE 1 courses. 

Wilderness first Aid

Empowering recreationists to recover from unintended situations with skills from administering first aid, communication possibilities and extrication to trailheads. Winter-based scenarios for backcountry skiers, snowshoers, splitboarders and other winter recreationists. 

These courses are either 8-hour or 16-hour courses that will fulfill requirements for Wilderness First Aid (WFA), through Emergency Care and Safety Institute (ECSI). 

The course will include mixed classroom instruction and scenarios.

No prerequisites. 

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Avalanche REscue (AIARE)

This course is intended for backcountry skiers looking to keep their rescue skills sharp. AIARE 1 graduates will find this a helpful addition to their level 1 course, although there are no prerequisites for the refresher. 

This is intended to help backcountry travelers keep up to date on the latest researched techniques, give time to practice various rescue scenarios, and provide in-depth instruction in what to do once a avalanche accident occurs. 

This course is new for 2017/2018 and is a prerequisite for AIARE 2 avalanche courses. 

The course will include 8 hours of mixed classroom instruction and rescue scenarios.

No prerequisites.

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Avalanche Awareness

This is the perfect place to get started with understanding the dangers of winter backcountry travel, or to remind veterans of preparing for another safe season. Short awareness clinics happen in town at local retailers as well as day-long sessions early season in the field.

Contact us or checkout our Facebook page for upcoming Awareness opportunities.