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Aiare Avalanche course


Course Dates: 
January 6-8th 2024
Price: $1500 student
Breakfast, Dinner, Apps
Snowmobile "bump"
6:1 Ratio
Class Size 12
Minimum age 18

This all inclusive 3 day 2 night backcountry yurt based AIARE 1 offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the iconic Castle Peak Yurt while learning the skills to manage avalanche hazard. 

This course includes the use of snowmobiles to access the yurt, all meals, and N/A beverages, plus certified low ratio instruction.

The AIARE 1 is a three-day / 24-hour 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).

Who Should Take this Course

The AIARE 1 is for ANYONE, 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.

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.


Course Dates: 
January 12-14 2024
Price: $1500 student
Breakfast, Dinner, Apps
Snowmobile "bump"
6:1 Ratio
Class Size 9
Minimum age 18

Take your backcountry skills to the next level! This yurt based all inclusive course will help give you the skills to become a leader in your group. 

Our Yurt based AIARE 2 is the perfect combination of immersive hut trip and hands on education that will leave you with the confidence to evaluate snowpack, facilitate group decisions, and elevate your backcountry game.

The AIARE 2 builds on your experience as a backcountry traveler. You will learn tools to apply The AIARE Framework, the repeatable process you learned in an AIARE 1, to new situations and to self-direct your learning after the course. You will learn more skills to connect weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain. This can enable you to act as a leader within a small travel group and to identify and target reducing uncertainty about the terrain or conditions.

Who Should Take this Course

The AIARE 2 is a three-day course for those who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue and have had at least a year of backcountry travel experience. The AIARE 2 provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.

  • Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field.

  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies.

  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.


  • Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain.

  • An AIARE 1 Course (strongly recommended) or equivalent Level 1 training is required.

  • A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is highly recommended before taking the AIARE 2 course.

  • AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.

Education. Saves. Lives

Why spend only the days in the mountains, when you can spend the nights?! Our yurt based 3 day 2 night AIARE certified courses are designed to be more than an avalanche course, they are an experience! The Caste Peak Yurt sits at 9600' in the Western Uinta mountains. It's remote location and front door access to ski slopes. makes this the ideal setting to start or continue your avalanche education. 

All of our AIARE courses are taught by the Inspired Summit team of guides who are certified AIARE Course Leaders and/or Instructors.


“Inspired Summit is hands down the best guiding company around. Not only are the guides experts in mountain skills who know all the super secret locals-only spots, they are the type of people who you want to grab a beer with at the end of the day.” 


—  Becca B., Salt Lake City


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