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Use of avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel and one ride ticket at Sugar Bowl

Does Not Include:
Ski and Snowboard Gear

Operating under Special Use Permit, Tahoe National Forest.

AIARE Avalanche Program

AIARE Introduction To Avalanche Safety    1 Day
For the Ski Area & the Backside

This is the best way to get started learning the basics of avalanche safety. We spend most of the day on the mountain with "hands-on" learning about the snowpack, terrain, weather, people and the combined effect on avalanche danger. You'll learn about the danger rating system and how to interpret the avalanche bulletin.

Very importantly, you will be introduced to travel techniques including how to ski with your team members to help reduce risk. The course also covers an introduction to avalanche safety gear including a transceiver, probe and shovel along with a demonstration of a complete and efficient companion rescue.

You will learn about:
  • The risks associated with skiing and riding out-of-bounds
  • Planning when, where and how to travel out-of-bounds
  • How to interpret Avalanche Bulletins and recognizing obvious clues of avalanche danger
  • Identify avalanche terrain, terrain use and consequences
  • Appropriate travel techniques
  • Rescue equipment for out-of-bounds travel
  • Demonstration of companion rescue
This course is a great start. It should be soon followed up with a complete AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course, taught by ASI.

Cost: $179 includes lift ride

Jan 7, 2017 (Sun)
Jan 28, 2017 (Sat)
Feb 11, 2017 (Sat)
Feb 26, 2017 (Sun)
Mar 11, 2017 (Sun)

At least strong intermediate skiing or boarding skills ready to leave the groomed snow and experience the wild. Good physical condition prepared for a few side steps or short boot-packs.

Student Notes:
Though this course is a great beginning to understanding risks and hazards, it is not intended as a substitute for a complete AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course taught by ASI. This course is not a decision making leadership training course. It is intended to help backcountry travelers learn basic skills while traveling with a professional ski guide or highly trained (AIARE Level 2) and experienced recreational leader.

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