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Motorized AIARE 1 | Seeley, MT | 1/25/22 – 1/30/22
January 25, 2022 - January 30, 2022
Motorized AIARE Level 1 Course
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 with respect to backcountry snowmobiling and snow biking in avalanche terrain.
Student to instructor ratio 6:1
Class size: 12 participants maximum.
Date | Time | Location:
Classroom Component | Tuesday 1.25.22 & Thursday 1.27.22 | Zoom Virtual Classroom 6 – 8 PM MST | 4 Hours Total
Field Component | Saturday 1.29.22 & Sunday 1.30.22 | Seeley-Swan Backcountry 8 AM – 6 PM MST | 20 Hours Total
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
- basic 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
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.