*For Winter 2021/2022, all guests and guides participating in a guided hut trip must be fully vaccinated and show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24-48 hours of the start of the trip. Masks will be required inside the Williams Peak Yurt.*
This AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain course will teach you trip planning and preparation, interpretation of the avalanche bulletin, observational techniques for snowpack, weather, and avalanches, terrain analysis, safe travel techniques, and decision-making fundamentals. Students will also learn the elements of companion avalanche rescue and practice using realistic scenarios. This course follows the Avalanche Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and is taught by AIARE Qualified Instructors.
Is this course right for me? This course is targeted for new backcountry skiers and riders who are familiar with their equipment and have enough backcountry touring experience to feel comfortable moving around in winter backcountry conditions. This is important because it is very difficult to simultaneously learn about your equipment, learn how to ski in the backcountry and also absorb the curriculum.
Our nationally recognized instructors and unmatched learning environment (i.e. incredible ski terrain!) will provide the best possible education experience during your AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course. We offer courses based at our Williams Peak Hut in the heart of the Sawtooths, as well as programs based in Stanley or Ketchum/Sun Valley. For Boise courses, click here. Let us teach you how to minimize your risk while maximizing your skiing or riding!