Avalanche Awareness Class (Definite) AIARE -- Avi Level 1, 2, 3 (Tentative)

Rachel broached the idea so she gets to help organize this.

Last year we did AIARE Avi Level 1 in New Hampshire.  Some members have indicated an interest in Level 2 and possibly Level 3. Needless to say, where and when this happens is somewhat weather dependent, but we'll likely end up doing this in NH again.  Ideally, we will schedule this in conjunction with the Ice Fest or the ice climbing trips.

I already talked to Kel and he will not be hosting Level 2 or Level 3 this year which means we will need to use either IME or EMS.  Rest assured that both organization have first-rate trainers.

(from Rachel) I've changed the date of the Avalanche Awareness course with IME to February 17 (Sunday), since it wasn't clear we'd finish in time to catch the plane on Monday.  It's a one-day introductory course. This is the course description, from their site at http://www.ime-usa.com/imcs/avalanche.html:

Avalanche Awareness
This course is for skiers, snowboarders, snowshoers and climbers who venture into avalanche terrain (which includes the White Mountains!). Avalanches are serious business as evidenced by the increasing number of injuries and deaths suffered by climbers, hikers and skiers while in the mountains. This course will give you an introduction to assessing snow conditions and avalanche terrain. You will learn how to use avalanche transceivers, probes and shovels and what do do if you are caught in a slide. This can be a one or two day course. This is not a certification course, for a complete course in Avalanche Safety we recommend the 3 Day AIARE Level I Course.

Currently it's just Ben and Rachel signed up for Avalanche Awareness, but the more people we have, the cheaper the course becomes.  We can have up to 6 people.

If you are interested please RSVP indicating what AIARE level you are interested in.




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  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be there with Rachel!

    February 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FYI, we currently have 3 people signed up for the Avalanche Awareness Course (the 1 day course) - me, Ben, and Tomek. If we get a 4th person, the price goes down to $120 per person. We can have up to 6 people. Please let me know if you want to join. Please note, this is not the same as AIARE Level 1, a more intensive 3-day course. If you are interested in AIARE Level 1, please see Kel's comment below.

    January 10, 2013

  • Kel R.

    FEB 22-24th: NEW DATE FOR AIARE LEVEL 1: Adventure Spirit has changed the date of its AIARE Level 1 Course (previously planned Feb 8-10th) to Feb 22-24th. You can find out details about the course at:
    But--of course--if you've got any particular questions, please just let me know. Hope that perhaps this new date may work for some of you!

    January 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I changed the date for the Avalanche Awareness course to 2/17/12 (Sunday) because I didn't think there'd be enough time to get to the airport after the course on Monday. We're meeting at IME at 8:30; course should go until about 4:30 or 5pm in the evening.

    I'd love to do the 3-day course, but I have no vacation time, and I'd really like to ice climb. So I figure it's better to head into the mountains with some understanding of avalanche danger than none at all.

    January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for the update, Rachel. Personally I'm interested in doing the full L1 rather than the awareness course. Right now it looks like the options for L1 are Kel's course on Feb. 8, EMS on Feb. 22 (or multiple other dates in Jan., Feb. and March see http://bitly.com/Tuirua), or IME, which hasn't listed a date for its L1 course yet). I"m not planning to do the ice climbing trip, so the courses on the 8th or 22nd would work for me. Casey and Kyle, do you have a preference?

    October 31, 2012

    • Kel R.

      The Avi Awareness class is a decent idea if you absolutely cannot swing the full 3-day course, but the topic is large one that even in 3 days is somewhat compressed, so I'd highly suggest the Level 1 if you have the ability. Also, if you ever intend to extend your learning (not a bad idea--again, it's a big topic), then you're set for Level 2.

      October 31, 2012

  • Casey

    AIRE Level 1

    October 30, 2012

  • Kel R.

    Hey Jared & All,

    Glad you're looking to continue your avalanche training. A few thoughts/considerations regarding Level 2&3:

    1) Level 3 is not offered on the East Coast. One was offered years ago, but due to the limited variability in terrain and snowpack, it really isn't feasible and is no longer done.
    2) I took Level 2 on the East Coast and I found it really limiting/challenging to move into the Level 3 curriculum, once again due to the contrast between the snowpack of the East and that of Colorado and Washington (where most Level 3s are offered). I highly suggest those looking to maximize their Level 2 experience and looking to transition to Level 3 to consider taking a Level 2 in a Western venue.

    For those who've not yet taken a Level 1 and who enjoy winter backcountry travel, I hope you'll consider enrolling in the course I'm offering Feb 8-10 (and if you can't take that one, definitely prioritize getting the training as soon as you can).


    September 28, 2012

  • Jared

    Excellent point Rachel. I think running two different courses may be the way to go.

    September 26, 2012

  • Kyle

    AIARE level 1

    September 25, 2012

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