AIARE Avalanche Course Oregon

AIARE 1 Avalanche Course – for Skiers and Splitboarders

Decision Making In Avalanche Terrain

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. There will be about 4 hours of self paced online study required  before the start of the course. The three days during the course will be entirely in the field.

The course is expected to:

  • Provide a basic understanding of avalanches
  • Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers”
  • Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field

Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a 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).

Student Learning Outcomes

  • At the end of the course the student should be able to:
  • Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Recognize avalanche terrain
  • Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain
  • Learn and apply effective companion rescue

Student Prerequisites

Students must :

  • Be prepared for both inside and outside coursework
  • Be able to travel in avalanche terrain on skis, or splitboard
  • Have previous experience skiing with a pack
  • Have previous experience using climbing skins and backcountry style bindings
  • Have previous experience skiing off piste or ungroomed conditions

Course Locations

Bend Location:

Schedule will be posted on October 1st, 2021

Mt Hood Location: 

Schedule will be posted on October 1st, 2021


Central Oregon, Mount Hood, Three Sisters
Trip Length: 
3 days
Trip Dates: 
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