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Sawtooth Mountain Guides AIARE Level 1 Course
January 15 - January 17
To reduce the risk of COVID transmission, SMG Avalanche Courses for the 2020-21 winter season will be primarily field-based (not a bad thing!). Participants should plan on a few hours of online learning before the course. During our brief time indoors, participants will be required to wear a mask and social distance.
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.
Our nationally recognized instructors and unmatched learning environment (i.e. incredible ski terrain!) will provide the best possible educational 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. Let us teach you how to minimize your risk while maximizing your skiing or riding!