Best For want to learn how to be safe in the backcountry

E:K AIARE Rec Level 1

Lesson Type: Small Group

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Lesson Details

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8th -10th, 19th-21st, 22nd – 24th, 29th - 31st
5th-7th, 12th - 14th  

What to expect

  • Class runs 3 days
  • Classes begin daily at 7:45am
  • Each class will mix indoor and outside activities
  • Held at Expedition: Kirkwood (across from Main Lodge)

A three day introduction course to the avalanche phenomena. Students will develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, understand basic decision making while in the field and the concepts of a companion rescue.

AIARE - The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education has developed standardized curriculum for a complete program of avalanche courses that meets the needs of students at all levels, from recreational to the professional and students from novice to expert.

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Special Notes

  • Please arrive 15 minutes before the class begins
  • Please bring your own avalanche safety gear if you have it (pack, probe, shovel)
  • Please let the course instructor know if you will need touring gear

AIARE Cancellation Policy

  • Within 5 days - 50% Charge
  • Day of/no show - Full Charge
  • Road closure - No Charge


Lift tickets are not included in the base price of lessons. Everyone accessing the mountain must have a lift ticket. For many of our lessons we offer a discounted lift ticket as an add-on product.

Like lift tickets, equipment rental can be included in the price of Adult Lessons Packages. Make sure you choose to include it when making your reservation online.

Check out our Lesson/Ski School Programs

You should select the level that you are currently skiing/riding at, not what you want to become. If you are unclear or uncertain of your level, please read below to see our description of zones of learning. All you need to select is beginner, intermediate or advanced. Upon arrival, we will combine you with other guests of the same skill level with your zone.

Get in the ZONE

We split the lessons into what 'zone' you ski in; beginner, intermediate, and advanced. For instance within the beginner zone, there are skiers/boarders that are first-timers, up to those just starting on intermediate runs. Within that zone, you will be matched up with other students that are at your level. So all you really need to let us know is if you ski on beginner, intermediate, or advanced runs, that's the level of lesson to take.

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