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 1 course is a 3 day introduction to avalanche hazard management. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught). Upon finishing the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion and be ready to move onto more advanced courses.
The Synnott Mountain Guides AIARE classes are led by Mark Synnott (AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide) and Nick Aiello-Popeo (AIARE 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 1 course costs $450 and avalanche safety equipment (transceiver/shovel/probe) will be provided by SMG for use during the course (however, you are encouraged to bring your own). The course is best booked online below, but you may also book via email or phone (if you have a group and would like to setup a custom AIARE I course, please contact us). You may book multiple people and pay in one order, but please complete this booking form for each person so we have full details.
All courses are now full, please contact SMG if you’d like to be put on a waiting list for a specific course.
- February 28 – March 1, 2020 SPACE AVAILABLE
- December 20-22, 2019 FULL
- December 27-29, 2019 FULL
- December 30, 2019 – January 1, 2020 FULL
- January 4-6, 2020 FULL
- January 10-12, 2020 FULL
- January 13-15, 2020 FULL
- January 18-20, 2020 FULL
- January 24-26, 2020 FULL
- February 7-9, 2020 – FULL
- February 15-17, 2020 – FULL
- February 21-23, 2020 – FULL
- March 3-5, 2020 FULL
- March 6-8, 2020 – FULL
- March 13-15, 2020 (Please visit the Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival website for details)