The Mazamas offers a variety of classes for all ability levels. Learn new skills in mountaineering, rock climbing, first aid, ski mountaineering, and more.
The Backcountry Adventure Guides AIARE Level 1 avalanche safety course that takes place over three days on Mt. Hood: at the Mazamas Lodge, around Timberline Lodge, and/or in the White River Canyon. Lodging and meals at the Mazama Lodge are included in this course.
Who Should Take this Course?
The AIARE 1 is for anyone, regardless of the method of backcountry travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Participants may have attended some awareness classes or workshops or completed the Avalanche Rescue course, but none are a prerequisite for this course. This course is open to both Mazama members, and the general public, with an open registration first-come-first-serve basis for acceptance.
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment and know how to use it, for traveling on snow during the class. Students should also bring and use appropriate clothing/layers/gear for snow conditions and typical weather of the Pacific Northwest found on Mt. Hood. There are no other prerequisites.
Student Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the AIARE 1 course, the student should be able to:
- Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
- Effectively use The AIARE Risk Management Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting.
- Demonstrate effective companion rescue.
Class Material included:
Student handbook, Field notebook, lectures and field instruction.
Friday and Saturday night lodging in the communal bunk rooms. Students bring their own sleeping bad, pillow, and earplugs. Please see https://mazamas.org/mazamalodge/ for more details about the Mazama Lodge, including driving and parking directions. You'll need a SnoPark Permit from Oregon, Idaho, or California to park overnight in the nearby Government Camp SnoPark.
Six meals are included—Friday lunch, and dinner. Saturday breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Sunday breakfast. Students must bring their own snacks, and Sunday field lunch. Sunday will be spent 100% in the field, we won't be going to any lodges to purchase meals. However, you can purchase a "sack lunch" for $9 from the Mazama Lodge for your Sunday lunch.
Avalanche Gear Included (if needed):
For students who don't have access to avalanche safety equipment, the Mazamas will provide transceivers, shovels, and probes for the duration of the program included in the price of the course. However, it's strongly recommended that students use their own equipment (or use borrowed/rented equipment that they are considering purchasing) for this class so they can practice with that particular gear in a controlled environment. Please bring your beacon's user manual if you're unsure how it operates.
Transportation to field location, snowshoes, poles, touring equipment. A detailed required equipment list will be sent to all participants once they sign up.