AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course Jan 12-14 2024 Hut Based


What: New for this winter the WAC is teaming up with local outfitter Eagle Cap Mountain Guides to offer a hut-based AIARE Level 1 Course.  Participants will need to arrive in La Grande by mid-day on Friday to have enough time to make it to the Buck Creek Yurt by dark. This course is a hybrid design with pre-course online learning that should take on average 8 hours to complete.  Students will also be required to participate in a 2-hour Zoom session approximately 1 week before the start of the two field sessions.  Pre-course online learning materials will be sent out a month before the course starts.

Where: The Wallowa Avalanche Center is offering the AIARE 1, on January 12-14, and will take place at the Buck Creek Yurt operated by Eagle Cap Mountain Guides.

Price Includes:

Breakfast, Appetizers and Dinner Prepared
AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors
24-hour course with a 5:1 maximum ratio
AIARE field book
AIARE certificate of completion

Participants Must Have:

Digital avalanche transceiver, avalanche shovel, avalanche probe
Backpack (airbag pack optional)
Backcountry skis or splitboard, boots, poles, skins.

If you would refer to pay with a check, please email to be added to the course roster and mail a check to: WAC PO Box 324 Joseph, OR 97846.

For more information contact

Cancellation: We recommend you purchase trip insurance in the event you have to cancel your course.  If you need to cancel within 30 days of the start of the course you will not receive a refund.  Cancellations more than 30 days of the start of the course will receive a refund minus $50. 

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New for 2024 we are offering a 2 1/2 day hut-based AIARE Level 1 Course at the Buck Creek Hut operated by Eagle Cap Mountain Guides.

Who Should Take This Course: The AIARE 1 is for anyone, regardless of the method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. AIARE 1 is a three-day/24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard mitigation. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision-making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the part is caught.

Student Learning Outcomes:

At the end of the AIARE 1 course, the student should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue.


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