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 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 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 $385 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! The course is best booked online on the designated 2018 dates below, but you may also book via email or phone. You may book multiple people and pay in one order, but please complete this booking form for each person so we have full details.
These upcoming courses are now full:
- February 2-4, 2018
- February 9-11, 2018
- March 16-18, 2018
Please contact us if you would like to be put on a waiting list for a full course. Keep in mind cancellations are unusual, so your best option is to book an open course.