AIARE 1 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).

The AIARE 1 is for anyone, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course. Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course. 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 education to prepare you for your own adventures.

The AIARE 1 course costs $525 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. You may book multiple people and pay in one order, but please complete this booking form for each person so we have full details.

For the Winter 2021/2022 season, we are offering this course in two formats. The Standard AIARE 1 course consists of 1 in-person classroom day and 2 days in the field. The Hybrid AIARE 1 course consists of an online learning module, a Zoom lesson/meeting, and 2 days in the field.

Please contact us if you’d like to be put on a waiting list for full courses or if you’d like to inquire about custom courses.

$525.00

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  • What will be your mode of travel during the course (ski or board w/ skins, snowshoes)?
  • Do you have or plan to purchase avalanche rescue gear (beacon/shovel/probe) or will you need to borrow from SMG?
  • We'll be in touch to work out specific details, but please briefly describe your outdoor background (relative to the course or guiding objective) and goals. If you're signing up for a course with a friend(s) and would like to be in the same group, please note their name(s) in this section.
  • Please read and check the box if you agree to the policies.

    Online Bookings
    After receiving your online booking, we will get back to you within 1 business day via phone or email to confirm your booking. In the event that we cannot accommodate your booking, you have the option of having your payment refunded or applied to a future booking.

    Payment
    SMG accepts credit cards, PayPal, checks, and cash. Payment for AIARE courses is due in full at the time of booking. An exception is made for payment by check or cash...in these cases, payment is due in full at or before the course.

    Cancellations
    If you have to cancel your booking, please give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel 30+ days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date or you can request a refund. If you cancel from 14-29 days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date. If you cancel 13 days or sooner from the booking, for any reason, the deposit/payment is forfeited.

    Weather & Winter
    Winter courses/trips are rain or shine. If SMG cancels a booking due to weather, we will reschedule you for an alternate date of your choice.

Course Information

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue.

Prerequisites

Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment (backcountry skis, splitboard, snowshoes, etc.) for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

The 2021/2022 Standard AIARE 1 courses will consist of 1 in-person classroom day and 2 full days in the field.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Classroom Day – Meet at 9:00 AM and finish around 4:00 PM. Location TBD, but most likely in the Jackson, NH area.
  • Field Day #1 – Meet at the Synnott Mountain Guides office at 7:30 AM, dressed and packed for a field day. We’ll conclude the day around 4:30 PM.
  • Field Day #2 – Meet at 7:30 AM (or time given by instructor) at location designated by instructor. We’ll conclude the day around 4:30 PM.

Your instructor will be in touch before your course with full specific schedule and location details.

The 2021/2022 Hybrid AIARE 1 courses will consist 4 hours of online learning (at a time of your choosing), a live 3 hour evening lesson via Zoom, and 2 full days in the field. The online learning and live Zoom lesson replace the traditional in-person classroom day.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

  • Complete the AIARE 1 online learning module on your own time before the Zoom meeting and field days.
  • Lesson and meeting via Zoom with all participants before the course. Day and time TBD.
  • Field Day #1 – Meet at the Synnott Mountain Guides office at 7:30 AM, dressed and packed for a field day. We’ll conclude the day around 4:30 PM.
  • Field Day #2 – Meet at 7:30 AM (or time given by instructor) at location designated by instructor. We’ll conclude the day around 4:30 PM.

Your instructor will be in touch before your course with full specific schedule and location details.

Stay tuned for updated 2021/2022 FAQs.

How do I know when the 3 hour Zoom lesson/meeting will be for the Hybrid course?

Please check back for 2021/2022 times. During the 2020/2021 season, the 3 hour Zoom lesson/meeting was two days before the course start date at 7:00 PM eastern time. As an example, if the course start date was March 20, then the Zoom lesson was on March 18 at 7:00 PM eastern time.

What is your COVID-19 policy?

We will be monitoring the changing COVID-19 situation throughout the Summer and Fall of 2021. As Winter 2021/2022 approaches, we’ll update the website and notify course participants about policies.

How large will groups be?

Our field groups typically consist of seven people, including the instructor. Private courses are available if you inquire very early in the season, and pricing will vary.

Stay tuned for an updated 2021/2022 Gear List.

2020-2021 SMG AIARE 1 Gear List (PDF)

Mountains, Cliffs, & Routes

Conditions permitting, this course will take place in a variety of terrain on Mount Washington. We may also utilize other steep/open terrain in the White Mountains such as Crawford Notch.

Difficulty

Beginner - Advanced

Length

3 Days & 2 Days (+ Online)

Season

Winter

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