This course is suited for skiers and riders who want to learn about avalanches, but don’t have time for a 3 day more in depth course. Riders should know how to use their gear, and have experience with their layering system and maintaining comfort outdoors all day. This course does not cover backcountry skiing skills, so if you are new to the sport, it may be worth taking our Backcountry Riding Clinic first. This course is also a great preparation for our AIARE 1 course.
We’ll start the day by discussing some of the big-ticket concepts of avalanche safety. Learning how to identify avalanche terrain is a critical component of any ski touring trip. We’ll also discuss the 9 types of avalanche problems, and learn about how these problems interact with the terrain.
Once we leave our cars and head out to a tour location, we’ll spend a couple of hours learning to operate and search with avalanche beacons, practice probing and digging skills and then do a mock rescue putting it all together. After that, we’ll do a short tour, and practice identifying avalanche terrain, measuring slope angles. The day will finish with a short ski down back to the cars.
This is a great one day clinic that will expose you to the basics of Avalanche Safety!