Please call 800-310-4504 to book, space is limited


3 days, 2 nights (lodging included)

Meeting Location

Mt. Washington Auto Road
Route 16 in Pinkham Notch, NH (just north of Wildcat)

Class Size

maximum enrollment of 8 students with 2 instructors


$1,100 per person


2 nights lodging at the summit of Mt. Washington included, at Mount Washington Observatory’s summit weather station

Gear List

all avalanche equipment will be provided. click here for items you will be responsible for bringing. Please also bring overnight clothing, change of clothes, and light weight sleeping bag for your overnight stay


Additional Area Lodging

Gear List

Mount Washington Observatory Weather

Mount Washington Avalanche Center

AIARE Website


Be Avalanche Aware

AIARE 1 Pre-Course Study

ISSW Proceedings

Educational Videos

USA Avalanche Accidents

AIARE 1 at Mount Washington Observatory



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).

A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and to give feedback to instructors on instructional tools. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future AIARE 2 course.

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AIARE 1 Pre-Course Study
Familiarize yourself with these concepts so you can come to your course and build on your existing skills. By reading through this, you can perhaps answer some questions that you currently have as well as develop questions that you can have your instructor explain, either in the classroom or out in the field. Each of these topics will be addressed in-depth in your AIARE 1 course. READ MORE…

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:
Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
Recognize avalanche terrain.
Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
Learn and apply effective companion rescue.
Instructional sessions (24 hours including both class and field instruction) :

1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena

Types and characteristics of avalanches
Avalanche motion
Size classification
The mountain snowpack: an introduction to metamorphism and layering
2. Observations and Information Gathering

Field observation techniques
Snowpack tests: rutschblock, compression test
Avalanche danger factors or “Red Flags”
Observation checklist
Avalanche danger scale
3. Trip Planning and Preparation

Avalanche terrain recognition, assessment, and selection
Route finding and travel techniques
Decision making and Human Factors
4. Companion Rescue and Equipment

Student Prerequisites

Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain. There are no other prerequisites.


Included/ Not Included

Students will be outfitted with all technical equipment for this course. You are welcome to bring your own equipment but it will be subject to approval by your guide. Equipment provided includes beacon, probe, shovel, AIARE Student Manual, AIARE Field Book. Students will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather. See gear list for required gear and clothing.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.