Courses

Alaska Statewide Avalanche Awareness and Course Offerings

Note: The blue links take you to the specific course provider websites or directly to registration

January 2016

  • January 29-31 AIARE Avalanche Level 1. 3 day format. Location: Valdez. Provider: AAIC. Register
  • January 29 (evening) -3 (day) Advanced Rescue Workshop. Location: Anchorage Provider: Alaska Avalanche School

February 2016

  • February 2 Introduction to Avalanche class. 1 day format. Location: Glennallen Provider: Alaska Avalanche Information Center
  • February 2-4 AIARE Avalanche Level 1 course. 3 day format. Location: Glennallen. Provider: Alaska Avalanche Information Center
  • February 5-7 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Girdwood/Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • February 9, Backcountry Prepared. Location: REI Anchorage, 6 – 7:30pm Provider: Alaska Avalanche Information Center. Register HERE
  • February 13-15 AIARE Avalanche Level 1 for women. 3 day format. Location: Anchorage. Provider: Backcountry Babes
  • February 13 Avalanche Recognition & Rescue. Location: Glen Alps. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • February 13-15 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Girdwood/Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • February 18-21 AIARE Avalanche Level 2 for women. 4 day format. Location: Anchorage. Provider: Backcountry Babes
  • February 18-21 Level 2 Avalanche Course. 4 day format. Location: Hatcher/Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • February 20, Backcountry Basics – Companion Rescue Workshop; 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Location: Hatcher Pass – Provided by the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety, HPAC, CNFAIC, AAS and AAIC. Register here or learn more HERE
  • February 20 Snowmachine Avalanche Basics & Rescue Field Day. Location: Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • February 26-28 AIARE Avalanche Level 1. Part of UAA Skiing & Snowboarding Alaska’s Backcountry semester course. Location: UAA. Provider: UAA and AAIC. Register 907.786.4083
  • February 26-28 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Manitoba Hut Based. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School

March 2016

  • March 3-6 AIARE Avalanche Level 2. 4 day format. Location: PWSC Valdez. Provider: AAIC. Register 834-1600
  • March 5 Snowmachine Avalanche Basics & Rescue Field Day. Location: Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • March 5 – Backcountry Prepared. This course is free and made possible by the Alaska Dept. of Public Safety Location: Arctic Valley Ski Area. Provider Alaska Avalanche Information Center. Learn more or register HERE
  • March 5-7 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Hatcher Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • March 11-13 AIARE Avalanche Level 1. 3 day format. Location: Black Rapids Lodge. Provider: AAIC. Register
  • March 12 Backcountry 101: Youth Avalanche Ed. Location: Alyeska Resort. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • March 12-14 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Girdwood/Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • March 17-20 AIARE Avalanche Level 2. 4 day format. Location: Black Rapids Lodge. Provider: AAIC. Register
  • March 26 Beacons & Eggs. 2 hour class. Location: Salmon Berry Ski Hill, Valdez. Provider: AAIC & Valdez Parks & Recreation

April 2016

  • April 1-10 Tailgate Alaska Mountain Skills Training. Daily classes 5-6pm. Location: MP 30 Richardson Highway. Provider: AAIC.
  • April 4-9 Arctic Man. Avalanche Rescue Workshop. Location: MP 196 Richardson Hwy. Summit Lake.
  • April 15-17 Mountain Man Hillclimb. Location: MP 28 Richardson Hwy. Thompson Pass

Avalanche Education Providers:

Alaska Avalanche School

Alaska Avalanche Information Center

Backcountry Babes

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center F-CNFAIC

National Ski Patrol also offers Avalanche Classes: see Additional Training page for each ski patrol’s website link

High quality avalanche awareness and education courses are also found across the border.  Take a look at the Canadian Avalanche Association’s offerings <here>

COURSE PROVIDERS: If you would like your course added or need to add the correct links, please contact us.

December 2015

  • December 1-3 Fairbanks Avalanche Awareness Workshop for High School Students. 3 evening format. Location: West Valley High School. ROOM 108. Provider: EARAC
  • December 3, 6-9pm CNFAIC Fireside Chats. Location: AAS
  • December 8 Avalanche Awareness Workshop. 6pm. Location: Fairbanks REI. Provider: EARAC
  • December 8 & 9 Avalanche Awareness. Location: Valdez City Schools. Provider: Valdez Avalanche Center
  • December 11-13 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Hatcher Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • December 11-13 AIARE Avalanche Level 1 for women. 3 day format. Location: Anchorage. Provider: Backcountry Babes
  • December 16, 7pm Avalanche Awareness: Accident Statistics, Training Opportunities, Recipe for an avalanche, Hazard Recognition, Safe Travel, and Overview of Companion Rescue. Location: Northern Power Sports on Van Horn, Fairbanks. Provider: EARAC
  • December 16, 11 am to 4 pm: AARP Sponsored Avalanche Workshop Location: Kincaid Park, Anchorage Provider: AAIC – Register Here
  • December 16, 6-9pm Lecture: Weather for the Backcountry Traveler. Location: AAS
  • December 17, 6-9pm CNFAIC Fireside Chats. Location: AAS
  • December 18-20 AIARE Level 1. 3 day format. Location: Anchorage/Turnagain Pass/Arctic Valley. Provider: Backcountry Babes
  • December 19, AARP Sponsored Avalanche Workshop Location: Government Peak Recreation Center – Hatcher Pass, 11 am to 4 pm – AAIC – Register Here
  • December 19-21 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Hatcher Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School
  • December 26-28 Level 1 Avalanche Course. 3 day format. Location: Girdwood/Turnagain Pass. Provider: Alaska Avalanche School

6 thoughts on “Courses

  1. Hey, awsome work you guys do, when are the 2013 class dates going to be posted, specifically a L2 class. Thanks and pray for snow!

  2. Do you offer a woman specific avalanche hazard evaluation course? I recall seeing posters for something similar to this and it seems like it was often offered the last weekend of November, right after Thanksgiving. Any information you can provide would be a big help. Thanks.

    • There’s nothing gender specific about it. Terrain, weather, and snowpack are the ingredients. All genders, races, religions, nationalities, hair colors are buried equally.

  3. Question: investigating educational programs.
    What information do you have for IWLS (International Wilderness Leadership School)? I am looking for Back Country Heli Education along with avi cert & wilderness emt.
    IWLS offers Level 1 & 2 Avalanche certification how does this compare to AIARE, would I be able to take AIARE testing if taken classes through IWLS? Are they transferable?

    • Hi Summer, I forwarded your question on to AIARE and this was their response:

      “IWLS is not an AIARE course provider. We have no means of knowing what their courses cover nor are we inclined to do “comparisons” of curriculum or comment on other organizations approach to avalanche education.

      We recommend that AIARE course providers have their curriculum/program, reviewed/approved by the American Avalanche Association (AAA) and consequently listed on the AAA web site as a way to insure that individual AIARE providers are meeting national criteria for avalanche courses. This gives the public an unbiased method to ascertain a particular provider’s compliance with national standards.

      If a particular L1 course meets the AAA guidelines that would meet the requirement for entering an AIARE L2 however the student may be at a disadvantage given the distinct structure and focus on decision making and specific tools that AIARE provides the L1 student and the building of those concepts at the L2.

      Taking a non-AIARE L2 can be a disadvantage should the student wish to partake in an AIARE L3 as we require an AIARE L2 as a pre-req for the L3 course. The idea behind that is since the L3 is a pass/fail certification course, the AIARE L2 provides the foundation for the recording and observation standards expected to be displayed at the AIARE L3 course. We want the student to be successful at the L3 and this requires a solid understanding of the SWAG as well as all the L2 material.

      Hope this helps – let me know if you have any questions.”

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