The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is a globally recognized organization whose mission is to Save Lives through Avalanche Awareness. Whether you plan to be in the backcountry this winter skiing, climbing, hiking, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling, you need this knowledge to play safely in snow covered mountains.
The AIARE 2 is a 3 day course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision-making skills in more complex situations. Examples of these situations include being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan in a place where online resources are scarce.
The Synnott Mountain Guides AIARE classes are organized and led by:
- Mark Synnott: AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide with over 30 years of experience working and playing in avalanche terrain.
- Nick Aiello-Popeo: AIARE Level 3 Certified & AIARE Instructor.
Mark, Nick, and the other instructors are able to not only teach the AIARE standard curriculum, but also draw on their own personal experiences and passion for avalanche awareness to prepare you for your own adventures.
The AIARE 2 course costs $515 and all avalanche equipment will be provided by SMG (however you are encouraged to bring your own). SMG also has shovel/beacon/probe packages for sale at a discounted price for course participants, a great opportunity to equip yourself and learn with the actual gear you will be using when you are out on your own! Please note that in order to take AIARE 2, an AIARE 1 course (or equivalent Level 1 training) and the new Avalanche Rescue course is required. A winter of practical experience is also required before taking the AIARE 2 course.