Course Detail

Course Type and Name

AIARE 1 - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

CT1 Leadville, Sangree M. Froelicher Hut 3/1/2018


Aspen Alpine Guides

(970) 925-6618 (Wk)

Course location

Leadville, Sangree M. Froelicher Hut, CO


Begin: 03/01/2018; End: 03/04/2018



Course Details

AAG has partnered with the 10th Mountain Division Hut System to offer Level I Avalanche classes in the ideal learning environment: the backcountry. These three-night, three-day courses enable all participants to experience backcountry conditions within the 10th Mountain Hut system by using the Sangree M. Froelicher Hut as a base for the course and fieldwork.

The AIARE Level I Certification Course is a 24 credit hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.

The course will:
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 understanding of how to prepare for and carry out a trip.
To understand basic decision making while in the field such as terrain and route options.
To learn techniques required to rescue a buried person with beacon, shovel and probe.

Course Specifics:
The course begins Thursday night at 6:30 pm with a classroom component. We also have a lecture beginning at 8am on Friday prior to departing into the field. Both Lectures are at the Silver King Inn, 2020 N Poplar St. Leadville, CO 80461. Course includes both morning and evening lectures with additional time outside for working on field skills. The course usually runs until 1pm on Sunday when we depart from the hut.

Hut Trip Details:
This is a group hut trip, where everyone is responsible for hut chores including gathering snow to melt for drinking and cleaning, cleaning the hut and carrying out trash. When planning your breakfasts, please plan for quick meals, as class begins at 8am each morning. Also please consider teaming up with others in the course for planning and preparing possible group meals. The hut fees for Friday and Saturday night are included in the course registration fees.

We suggest the Silver King Inn - 2020 N Poplar St Leadville, CO 80461 - (719) 486-2610

Price of $445 includes:
AIARE Certified Course leader and instructors
Hut Fees
Student manual and weather-proof AIARE field book
AIARE certificate of completion.