Alaska Statewide Avalanche Awareness and Course Offerings

Note: The blue links take you to the specific course provider websites
AAIC will be hosting a series of six snowmobile Level 1 courses starting in January along with community and school programs. Full schedule will be published by November 1st.

November 2014

  • Avalanche Awareness Workshop – November 3,4,5, 2014. 3 evening sessions 6-9:30pm. Location: UAF Fairbanks. Provider: AAIC
  • Alaska Snow Safety Summit – November 6, 2014 6:30-8:30pm. Location: BP Energy Center, Anchorage.
  • Southcentral Alaska Avalanche Workshop – November 7, 2014 9am-4:30pm. Location: APU
  • AIARE Level 1 – November 11-29, 2014. 5 field days, 4 classroom sessions. Location: PWSCC Valdez. Provider: AAIC

December 2014

  • AIARE Level 1 – December 12-14, 2014. 3 day course. Location: Anchorage/Turnagain Pass/Eagle River. Provider: Backcountry Babes

January 2015

February 2015

March 2015

  • AIARE Level 2 – March 6-9, 2015. 5 field days, 4 classroom sessions. Location: PWSCC Valdez. Provider: AAIC

April 2015

  • Tailgate Mountain Safety classes April 3-12 – Thompson Pass. Location: Thompson Pass 

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.

5 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.

  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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