Avalanche Training



aiare_logoIn 2006, we accepted our responsibility to our students and the winter adventure community as a whole by offering nationally recognized American Institute Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses. AIARE is a nationally recognized curriculum for avalanche education in the U.S., so you know you can trust the information and techniques we teach in the courses below. We are proud to be the largest provider of avalanche training in the East with an AIARE 2 course leader and four AIARE 1 course instructors on staff.

AIARE 1 - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

 The AIARE 1 is a 3 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 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). READ MORE  
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three days / ratio 6:1

AIARE 2 - Analyzing Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazards

 aiare1The AIARE 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the AIARE 3 certificate. The AIARE 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation. READ MORE
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four days / ratio 6:1 / AIARE 1 is a prerequisite

Backcountry Ski Leadership Workshop

 avy6--680x475This two-day workshop is the answer to the question “what’s next?”. If it has been a while since you took our AIARE 1 avalanche course, or are looking to brush up on your backcountry skiing skills; this is a perfect course for you. In this two day workshop we will start out with a quick indoor refresher session and review some of the highlights of the AIARE 1 curriculum. We will then head outside for a practical review of your technical skills including companion rescue, digging test pits, and field observations. At the end of day one the group will work together, under the guidance of our ski guides, to come up with a tour plan for the next day. Day two will be spent in the field following the route your group created on day one. The goal of today will be to get YOU out in front, making team decisions in the back country. And of course, to get some great turns in on some of the best backcountry ski terrain in the east!
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two days / ratio 4:1 / prerequisite AIARE 1 and several days backcountry ski experience

AIARE Instructors

David Lottmann

Climbing Guide & Avalanche Instructor, North Conway
AMGA Cert. Single Pitch Instr. & AIARE 2 Course Leader

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Keith Moon

Climbing School Manager, North Conway
AMGA Certified Rock Instructor & AIARE 1 Course Instructor

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Michael Lackman

Climbing & Avalanche Inst., West Hartford & North Conway
AMGA Cert. Single Pitch Instr. & AIARE 1 Course Instructor

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