Avalanche Education

Increase your margin of safety while traveling in the avalanche terrain on Mount Washington and other parts of the White Mountains with avalanche education options from Synnott Mountain Guides. Photo: The avalanche advisory board from the Mount Washington Avalanche Center below Tuckerman Ravine.

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Synnott Mountain Guides offers a variety of American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses. These courses are part of AIARE's Recreational Avalanche Training program called Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain. Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain is a three-part program for individuals who enjoy winter recreation in the backcountry. Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain is for ANYONE, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Aspiring professionals will also need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course. The curriculum is typically delivered in the following parts: Avalanche Rescue (1 day), the AIARE 1 (3 days), and the AIARE 2 (3 days).

Avalanche Rescue Course

Avalanche Rescue is for everyone, whether you are just learning how to use your beacon, an aspiring professional, or a backcountry traveler with many years of backcountry experience. This one-day course is a place to both learn new skills and keep your existing skills sharp. Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2.

AIARE 1

The AIARE 1 is a three-day course that provides an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain.

AIARE 2

The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills by applying their skills to new terrain and situations. Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2. It is highly recommended that participants gain at least one season’s worth of backcountry travel experience between taking the AIARE 1 and the AIARE 2.