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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 PLUS      4 Day
Level 1 with additional day of Rescue Course

This course is designed to cover the entire AIARE Level 1 curriculum and provide yet more field time to incorporate complementing skills. It will enhance both personal backcountry skills as well as group participation and leadership skills. This unique and extra valuable course is taught at the Backcountry Adventure Center classroom at Sugar Bowl.

The course will work to improve general winter backcountry savvy in conjunction with more opportunity to apply different skills. No "short course" will ever substitute for time spent in the snow, gaining the experience that can only be obtained over time. This course is a stride forward in the process.

Think of this course as the ultimate backcountry ski course that also includes an AIARE Level 1. This course will help qualify you to go on to intermediate and advanced backcountry and ski mountaineering routes. This is great training if you're a recreational leader or headed on the Guide Training track.

Please familiarize yourself with the following resources as they will help prepare you for the topics discussed in the course.

Skills covered in addition to AIARE Level 1:
  • Touring effectively with climbing skins
  • Uphill track setting and kick turn techniques
  • Tour plan conversion to a navigation plan
  • Navigation techniques
  • Emergency response after an accident
  • Improvised rescue sled
  • Emergency survival
Cost: $645

Required: AIARE Fieldbook $20
Printed Student Manual included

A pdf of the Student Manual will be provided in your Email Confirmation. A Student Manual will also be provided.

Feb 21-24, 2020 (Fri-Mon)
Mar 13-16, 2020 (Fri-Mon)

Classroom vs. Field time:

Day 1 -100% classroom,

Day 2 - 10% classroom, 90% field

Day 3 - 0% classroom, 100% field

Day 4 - 100% field

Schedule may vary due to conditions.


Ability to travel through avalanche terrain with at least strong intermediate skiing ability. Previous introduction to touring recommended.

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