John Littleton
Lead Trainer
AAA Certified Instructor
AIARE Certified
Ski Mountaineering Guide

Bela G. Vadasz
Technical Director
IFMGA Certified Guide

AIARE Avalanche Level 1

ASI has been offering formal avalanche courses since 1980. We have taught hundreds of recreationists as well as professionals needing to meet industry requirements. Over time, great achievements have been made with curriculum development and many years of teaching experience has brought the most sophisticated and truly useful presentation to best help decision making while in avalanche terrain.

AIAREASI teaches the most current evolution of the AIARE curriculum. Several ASI Instructors have been directly involved with the development of this well accepted curriculum since its inception. Several ASI Instructors currently serve on the AIARE Education Committee and continue to contribute to the evolution of the curriculum. ASI is the most experienced AIARE Provider having taught more AIARE courses and students than any other provider.

Instructor Team
Most importantly, ASI AIARE Avalanche Courses are taught by highly experienced professional ski and mountain guides as well as avalanche consultants. For years, they have been making difficult decisions in moving groups through challenging terrain on a daily basis.

As guides before snow scientists, they have great experience in understanding the fluid dynamics of the many important variables including the complex human factors that affect good and bad decisions in hazardous terrain. As professional guides they share with you the focus of avalanche safety as part of the big picture of the quality of experience the snow has to offer.

2019/20' Instructors include Peter Leh, John Littleton, Sarah Newsome, Mark Speicher, Bill Seline, Zeb Blais,Erin Laine and others.

It's about you and your companion's safety. Isn't it worth investing in the best, highest quality program you possibly can?

AIARE Avalanche Level 1      3 Day
Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
This is a thorough, "stand alone" course that emphasizes decision making skills. It is much more than just an avalanche course. It introduces many safety and risk management techniques just like those used by professional AMGA certified and IFMGA Internationally Licensed Mountain Guides, but are useful to recreational skiers as well.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course      1 Day
One day stand alone class, prequisite for Level 2
AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 PLUS      4 Day
Level 1 with additional Avy Rescue Day
This unique 4-day backcountry skills course combines the entire AIARE Level 1 curriculum along with additional travel, skiing or riding. It goes on where Level 1 leaves off, with a full day of Backcountry Rescue (Certificate included for both).

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 REFRESH      1 Day
Update your Level 1 with the latest curriculum
This avalanche skills application tour is a great way to upgrade your knowledge, hear the most current ideas and practice your skills. This is a convenient way to upgrade your previous 2-day course or just plain refresh to keep your skills sharp.

AIARE Avalanche Level 2     3 Day
Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard
The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.

AIARE Avalanche Level 1 and 2 Pro Courses      7 Day
Adv Avalanche Training for Professionals & Recreational Leaders
The AIARE Level 1 & 2 Pro courses are an advanced certification course for experienced and professional avalanche practitioners, professional guides, patrollers and advanced recreational backcountry travelers. The course is 7 days long and completes the avalanche course stream of the Level 2 and 3 (11 days together). Individuals who receive a passing grade and successfully complete the course receive a certification provided by the AIARE administration.

Avalanche & Risk Management Consulting
The ASI Guide/Avalanche Education Team is available for professional avalanche safety and risk management consultation. Previous accounts include extensive training and development with USMC/MWTC, US Army, Special Forces, US Airforce, Eldorado County Sheriff, Department of Transportation, State of Nevada, numerous film company contracts and more.

All programs include the use of Ortovox avalanche safety equipment.

Avalanche Forecasts:
 Sierra Avalanche Center
 Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center
 Mt. Shasta Avalanche Center
 Montana Avalanche Center
 Utah Avalanche Center

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