An advanced certification course for professionals and advanced recreational backcountry travelers.

While hosted by Sawtooth Mountain Guides, this course will be run and booked by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and more information on the course can be found here.

AIARE Avalanche EducationThe 7 day AIARE 3: Advanced Avalanche Training for Professionals and Recreational Leaders is an advanced certification course for experienced and professional avalanche practitioners, professional guides, patrollers and advanced recreational backcountry travelers. The course meets the standards and requirements of the American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) as a prerequisite for guides education and certification.

The AIARE 3 course provides course participants with an industry based framework to make decisions in avalanche terrain and to manage avalanche hazards common to avalanche control operations and winter guiding scenarios. Participants are required to form opinions, to take on leadership roles, and to utilize team members’ skills to assist in the process of forecasting avalanche hazard and snow stability and making appropriate terrain choices. Course goals also include evaluating each participant to the AIARE 3 standard.

 January 31 – February 6, 2016

  • Develop a snow stability and avalanche hazard analysis and forecasting process.
  • Be able to form opinions about snow stability, avalanche hazard, and operational decisions.
    Each day begins with a forecast, spends time making decisions in the field, and ends with a hazard analysis. Each hazard evaluation decision is carefully briefed, coached, and debriefed.
  • Improve participants’ observation and recording skills.
  • Improve the participant’s terrain analysis skills
  • Improve decision making in the field.
  • Improve understanding of the creation and metamorphism of the mountain snowpack.
  • Encourage active participation.
  • Advance participant’s companion rescue skills.