AIARE Avalanche 1 + 2 Courses Available at Northeast Mountaineering


Northeast Mountaineering has expanded its service offerings to include AIARE [] Avalanche 1 and 2 courses as an official provider for The American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education. These courses will be available this coming winter and beyond.

The need for avalanche awareness education is growing as the number of skiers, snowboarders and outdoor recreationalists taking to the backcountry continues to increase annually in the region. Northeast Mountaineering and its guides are thrilled to provide this opportunity in the White Mountains. There is high demand for the course material provided by AIARE in the region.

The AIARE avalanche 1 and 2 courses are available throughout the winter season. Go to to find a complete list of dates and information. The AIARE courses taken at Northeast Mountaineering include lodging at The Bunkhouse at Northeast Mountaineering making it budget-friendly compared to other providers across the country.


AIARE 1: Decisions 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 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.