AIARE Reading Resources

Thank you for choosing Northeast Mountaineering for your AIARE Avalanche course. We are thrilled to share the educational process with you. On this page you will find the necessary resources and reading materials for your course.
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AIARE 1: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a 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 party is caught).

A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and to give feedback to instructors on instructional tools. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. A link is made to a future AIARE 2 course.

AIARE 1 STUDENT RESOURCES, READINGS AND WORKSHEETS

Part of the course requirements and to help reinforce the learning objectives, each participant will need to complete the nightly readings and worksheets. You can find the resources, readings and worksheets below to complete at your convenience.
Complete AIARE 1 Student Manual: Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain.

AIARE 1 Introduction

AIARE 1 Part 1: Introduction to Decision Making

AIARE 1 Part 2: Avalanche Fundamentals

AIARE 1 Part 3: Plan

AIARE 1 Part 4: Avalanche Fundamentals

AIARE 1 Part 5: Observe

AIARE 1 Part 6: Choose Terrain and Travel Wisely

AIARE 1 Part 7: Where to go from here?
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AIARE 2: Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard

The AIARE 2 course is a 4-day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the AIARE 3 certificate.

The AIARE 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the level one and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation.

AIARE 2 STUDENT RESOURCES, READINGS AND WORKSHEETS

Part of the course requirements and to help reinforce the learning objectives, each participant will need to complete the nightly readings and worksheets. You can find the resources, readings and worksheets below to complete at your convenience.
Complete AIARE 2 Student Manual: Evaluating Snow Instability and Avalanche Hazard

AIARE 2 Pre-course Requirements: Observe

AIARE 2 Chapter 1: The Changing Mountain Snowpack

AIARE 2 Chapter 2: Making Quality Observations

AIARE 2 Chapter 3: Applying Observations to the Field Decisions