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Student Manual (pdf file) and the use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel.

Does not include:
New AIARE Fieldbook and personal items on the Equipment List.

Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 LIFT
Level 1 with lift service at Sugar Bowl     3 Day

AIARE Level 1 LIFT covers the same curriculum as our traditional Level 1. By using the ski lifts, we have quicker access to the higher alpine zone, viewing a variety of avalanche terrain. It's for skiers and snowboarders with lots of lift-served experience wanting to take a new look at better understanding the avalanche phenomena along with backcountry travel techniques.

Previous backcountry touring experience is not necesarry. Please familiarize yourself with the following resources as they will help prepare you for the topics discussed in the course.

An AIARE Level 1 Certificate will be awarded upon completion.

Cost: $529
Have your own Lift Pass? Cost: $479

Required: AIARE Fieldbook $20
Optional: Printed Student Manual $5

A pdf of the Student Manual will be provided in your Email Confirmation. A "Classroom Copy" of the Student Manual will also be available for students to use during the course. Students may purchase (pre-pay) a printed Student Manual when registering.

Mar 3-5, 2012  (Sat-Mon)

On the AIARE Avalanche Level 1 LIFT you will learn about:

Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
  • Types and characteristics of avalanches
  • Avalanche motion
  • Size classification
  • The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
Observations and Information Gathering
  • Field observation techniques
  • Bonding tests: rutschblock, compression test
  • Avalanche danger factors “Red Flags”
  • Observation checklist
  • Avalanche danger scale
  • Trip Planning and Preparation
  • Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment and selection
  • Route finding and travel techniques
  • Decision making and Human Factors
  • Companion Rescue and Equipment

Classroom vs. Field time:

Day 1 50% Classroom
50% Field time
Travel Techniques
Observations, Terrain Identification
Companion Rescue
Day 2 50% Classroom
50% Field time
Instability Tests
Day 3 20% Classroom
80% Field time
The Perfect Tour
Decision Making

Schedule may vary due to conditions.

Classroom Location: Backcountry Adventure Center at Sugar Bowl
Field Time Location: Mt. Lincoln/Mt. Judah, Sugar Bowl


Ability to ski or ride advanced (Black Diamond) terrain. Skiers can use regular alpine skis with touring adapters and skins, or better, alpine touring skis or telemark skis with skins (rentals available). Snowboarders can use their standard snowboard with snowshoes or a splitboard with climbing skins (rentals available).
No previous backcountry travel is required for this course.

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