Course Detail

Course Type and Name

AIARE 1 - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

CT1 Chic Chocs, Quebec 2/16/2018


Acadia Mountain Guides and Climbing School

(207) 866-7562 (Wk)

Course location

Chic Chocs, Quebec, QC


Begin: 02/16/2018; End: 02/21/2018



Course Details

The Best Level 1 Avalanche Course on the East Coast!
• Quebec’s Chic Chocs are the best training ground for backcountry skiers on the east coast!
• Hut based 5 day course = lots of field time and skiing
• This longer course (5 full days + 1 evening) will go very deep in the Level 1 curriculum ensuring you have ample practice time to get your skills dialed!
• AIARE Companion Rescue single day course included in curriculum→ You will be ready for the AIARE Pro 1 Course!
• Course instructors are IFMGA guides and AMGA ski guides who are out skiing remote locations and big lines making them great teachers ... they walk the walk.
• Acadia Mt Guides Chic Choc courses are the best avalanche courses taught on the East Coast because of the incredible terrain in the Chocs and the course instructors!

The Skinny: What you need to know
• 6 nights lodging in huts, all breakfasts, dinners, final night dinner @ Gite
• 2 guides/instructors→small client to instructor ratio→you learn more!
• Backcountry gear required: AT/tele skis, splitboard
• Cost: 1200.00

Questions: Al Mandell @ or 207-402-1089

To Register: 207 866 7562 /


#1. Our instructor team is one of the strongest in New England and our courses reflect that. We were at the table early on when the concept of furthering public avalanche education was discussed and AIARE was being created. For several years we were the only climbing school sponsoring AIARE avalanche courses in the eastern U.S. We ran them at a financial loss, brought avalanche guru Karl Klassen (canadian IFMGA guide, chief forecaster for the Canadian Avalanche Assoc., and initial technical director for AIARE) in from western Canada to teach them, and corralled all our friends to attend just to have enough people to run the course. In fact, many of the snow rangers working on Mount Washington were participants in those early courses. Today, times have changed and demand for courses has created an abundance of courses and providers. While all the courses are good, we believe ours to be superior and here's why:

Jon Tierney is the longest standing, continuous provider of AIARE avalanche courses in the east. He first brought avalanche courses to New England as early as 1986 on Katahdin. He began co-instructing with and was mentored by Karl Klassen in the mid 90's. As an IFMGA guide, Jon along with Marc Chauvin (who we also highly recommend) are the only certified Ski Mountaineering Guides regularly teaching avalanche courses in New England. In his lifetime, Jon has spent a lot of time on snow both as a alpine and ski guide and a climbing ranger and you will benefit from that experience. Jon is known for making things easy to understand and his excellent blend of teaching skills that are highly effective with groups. Jon is an AIARE Level I course leader, Level II Instructor course leader and a graduate of the Level III professional course.

Al Mandell is a superb, technically precise skier who has coached several aspiring IFMGA guides on their ski skills in preparation for their ski exams. But more than that he has a huge passion for skiing that you can't help but become infected by. He is an engineer so avalanche science makes sense to him and he is able to share it with participants in a very understandable and excited manner. Al has completed the AMGA Ski Guides Course, is taking his AMGA Advanced Ski Mountaineering Course and Aspirant Exam this spring and will pursue the AMGA Ski Mountaineering Certification the following year. If you take a course with Al, you will take another. Al is an AIARE Level I course leader, Level II Instructor and a graduate of the Level III professional course.

#2. Each participant on an AMGCS avalanche course will be loaned a beacon, probe and shovel. Additionally each group of four will be provided a group snow study kit. Of course, if you have your own we encourage you to use your gear!

#3. At each course we bring a selection of brand new beacons, probes and shovels along with avalanche packs and snow study tools. Student can try these and purchase them at a significant discount.

#4. All AMG clients receive 15% off for LIFE at our retail stores and online at