Motorized AIARE Level 1

Course Description


24 hours of instruction (classroom + field) with the Mountain Riding Lab

70/30 field/classroom split, this course emphasizes riding time and teaches the fundamental aspects of the AIARE risk management process and decision making with respect to backcountry snowmobiling and snow biking in avalanche terrain.

Date | Location: 

1.28.21 & 1.29.21  Classroom Component | Virtual Online Classroom Sessions

1.30.21 – 1.31.21  Field Component | Seeley-Swan Backcountry

Price: $495.00


The Motorized AIARE 1 is a 24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management specifically designed for snowmobilers and snow bikers. This course addresses more than rescue and awareness; it is for those who intentionally want to travel in or through avalanche terrain and want to learn how to work with a group to manage their avalanche risk. Throughout a Motorized AIARE 1 course, AIARE Instructors identify and focus on unique elements of motorized backcountry travel, focusing on snowmobilers’ unique use of terrain, speed of travel, and group communication. With a 70/30 field/virtual split, this course emphasizes riding time and covers topics such as avalanche rescue techniques and equipment; preparation, planning, and execution of a backcountry ride based on avalanche conditions; how to track the season’s snowpack and interpret an avalanche bulletin; avalanche terrain identification, hazard mitigation and safe travel techniques; weather, snowpack, and stability analysis. This is the essential course for any backcountry snowmobiler and there are no prerequisites. All participants receive an AIARE 1 certification after completion.

For Winter 2020/21, this course will consist of virtual classroom sessions and two (2) field days, along with some self directed online learning and field work.

Full details will be sent upon registration.

Pre-Registration Required. Maximum 12 students.

Recommended Reading

  • Snow Sense, Jill Fredston & Doug Fesler
  • Staying Alive in Avalanche Terrain, Bruce Tremper
  • Avalanche Essentials, Bruce Tremper

Additional Information

Participants must have:

  • snowmobile or snow bike (reliable and appropriate for mountain riding)
  • avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • backpack (airbag pack optional)
  • DOT approved helmet
  • the ability to ride off trail in varied terrain and deep snow

Still have questions? Please feel free to contact us.

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