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Motorized AIARE 1 | Lost Horse Backcountry | Full

January 14, 2023 @ 8:00 am - January 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm


Motorized AIARE Level 1 


24 hours of instruction with the Mountain Riding Lab

2 part virtual classroom component + 2-day field component

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

Student-to-instructor ratio 6:1

Class size: 12 participants maximum.

Date | Time | Location: 

Classroom Component | Wednesday 1.4.23 & Thursday 1.5.23 | Zoom Virtual Classroom  6 – 8 PM MST | 4 Hours Total

Field Component | Saturday 1.14.23 &  Sunday 1.5.23 | Lost Horse Backcountry 8 AM – 6 PM MST | 20 Hours Total

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.

Participants must have:

  • snowmobile or snow bike (reliable and appropriate for mountain riding) 
  • avalanche rescue gear (digital avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe)
  • backpack (airbag pack optional)
  • appropriate riding gear, extra layers, and food for a full day on the snow
  • the ability to ride off-trail in varied terrain and deep snow, or single-track behind a leader in off-trail terrain.
  • the appropriate trail sticker or state registration for your machine (or required trail passes for the riding area)
  • transportation to and from classroom and field locations with your machine
What You’ll Learn
During an AIARE 1 course, you’ll spend time learning these skills, both in a classroom setting and in the field:

  • A repeatable process for managing risk in the winter backcountry
  • Identifying avalanche hazard
  • Developing a plan for travel in avalanche terrain
  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Build habits to maintain awareness, communicate with your group, and make decisions
  • Learn and practice avalanche rescue skills

Further details will be sent upon registration. Pre-Registration is required. Maximum 12 students.

Course Registration:

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January 14, 2023 @ 8:00 am
January 15, 2023 @ 5:00 pm
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West Central Montana Avalanche Foundation
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