Are you a backcountry enthusiast and looking to further your avalanche and backcountry knowledge, or simply take a refresher course? We offer a range of AIARE courses taught by a certified AIARE instructor. The classes range from an Avalanche Rescue class, to the newly offered recreational Level Two. There's always time to learn and deepen your backcountry knowledge. 


AIARE Level One: Markley Hut Based

  • $475

  • January 20-23rd, 2019


    LBB has partnered up with the 10th Mountain Division Hut to offer Level I Avalanche courses in the ideal backcountry learning environment. Participants will spend the first night in a class room setting, and then venture out into the backcountry for the remainder two nights to experience backcountry conditions within the 10th Mountain Hut system by using the backcountry huts as a base for the course and fieldwork. The course includes the AIARE registration fees, field and course handbooks, and the hut fees. Participants in the course are responsible for lodging for the first evening, and food for the duration of the course. Gain on the ground knowledge and skills during this 3 night & 3 day / 24 credit hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.

    Participants will learn how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person.


    At the end of the AIARE 1 course the participants should be able to:

    • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain

    • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain

    • Effectively use the AIARE Decision Making Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting

    • Demonstrate effective companion rescue


    • You want to recreate in or near avalanche terrain and learn how to safely have fun in the backcountry


    • Participants must be able to ski tour, splitboard, or snowshoe on intermediate to advanced terrain, and must and bring their own touring equipment


    • Sunday January 20th: Classroom work at the AAG office

    • Monday January 21st: Head out to the Markley Hut and start field work

    • Tuesday January 22nd: Field work based from the Markley Hut

    • Wednesday January 23rd: Finish up class and head back to Aspen

    • *Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent


AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

  • $145

  • February 9th, 2019


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 returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to:

  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche.

  • Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.

  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.

  • Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.

  • Develop a plan for continuing practice.


  • Students must be able to travel in the snow, and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.


  • This one-day course is based out of Aspen, Colorado

  • *Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent



*The redesigned AIARE 2 is designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational backcountry travelers who have taken an AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue class.



    Take your avalanche knowledge to the next level! In this fun and informative three-day, 24 hour course that builds on introductory avalanche hazard management, participants will evaluate critical hazard assessment factors. Participants will be provided the 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.

    Participants will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.


    Participants must have the ability to travel in avalanche terrain. An AIARE 1 Course or equivalent Level 1 training is required. A winter of practical experience after the Level 1 course is required before taking the AIARE 2 course. AIARE or AAA approved one-day Avalanche Rescue Course.


    • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe

    • Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field

    • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies

    • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information

    • You have had at least one year of backcountry travel experience

    • You want to advance your avalanche knowledge, decision making, and leadership skills in the backcountry

    • 3 day course

    • Classroom work and field work

    • Beacon, probe, shovel available to rent