Activity Notes

This is an AIARE Level 1 hybrid avalanche safety course that takes has an online component, and in-person session at the Mazama Mountaineering Center, and two days on Mt. Hood. The MMC day is Friday, Dec. 17, and the field session days are Dec. 18 & 19. You will need to provide your own transportation to/from the mountain or your own lodging.

This course is taught by AIARE certified instructors. 

Please contact with any questions you have.

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. Once you register you will be charged for the course and beholden to the cancellation policy.

*Please note we have a different refund policy for AIARE courses in order to absorb the costs of using a third party service.

  • Cancellations received more than 14 days in advance of the class may request a refund less a $100 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Cancellations received less than 14 days and greater than 7 in advance of class may request a 50% refund.
  • Cancellations received less than 7 days in advance, no shows, or withdrawals after the class begins will not be issued a refund
  • Cancellations due to medical issues will be considered on a case by case basis and will require coordination with the Mazamas office to be considered.
  • If a course is cancelled after it has begun, you will be issued a pro-rated refund based on the sessions delivered and the prepaid expenses. Cancellations due to exposure to or contraction of COVID-19 will be eligible for a pro-rated refund.


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:

  • Prepare for backcountry travel with seasonal and daily routines
  • Use planning tools and checklists to facilitate communication and making decisions in order to reduce risks
  • Use techniques to improve their companion rescue
  • 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: 

Online platform, Student handbook, Field notebook, lectures and field instruction.

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.

Not Included:

Transportation to field location, snowshoes, poles, touring equipment, lodging and food, or required equipment list below.

Required Equipment Not Included:


  • Boots. Warm equivalent to 3-season or 4-season alpine boots, that meet your personal warmth needs for the Mt. Hood environment. Comfortable for walking around and standing on snow for 10-hours.
  • Touring setup: 1) Snowshoes -or- 2) Skis / Splitboard should be equipped with alpine touring bindings, or telemark bindings, and have a set of skins because they avoid the need for snow shoes. Make sure your boots are compatible with your chosen setup.
  • “Ski” poles with powder (big) baskets
  • Personal computer with internet access for course materials, and pre-field online session with course instructors. 

The above equipment is available for rental at Mountain Shop (2975 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232) generally for 3-days / 2-nights. Some example prices (please contact the Mountain Shop for exact costs):

  • Boot rentals for $15-$25 for 3-days / 2-nights
  • AT Ski Package Skis, boots, poles and skins for $65 for 3-days / 2-nights
  • Snowshoe rentals for $10 for 3-days / 2-nights
  • Touring Ski Poles rentals for $7 for 3-days / 2-night

Upper Body:

  • Lightweight base layer T-shirt or long sleeve polypropylene shirt 
  • Sports bra synthetic
  • Soft Shell Jacket
  • Down/synthetic jacket with a hood
  • Hard shell jacket with a hood waterproof and breathable. Gore-Tex or equivalent is best, roomy enough to fit over multiple layers.
  • 1-2 pair(s) warm gloves 
  • Shell gloves or mitts, with textured rubber palms and taped seams. 
  • Warm hat, wool or synthetic
  • Balaclava or Buff

Lower Body:

  • Heavy wool/synthetic socks (check boot fit!)
  • Lightweight long underwear 
  • Soft shell pants or hard shell pants 


  • Internal frame pack 2000-2400 cubic inch capacity, recommended it be capable of carrying skis or snowshoes 

Miscellaneous Equipment:

  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses 100% UV protection 
  • Personal first aid kit Basics: moleskin/blister kit, Band-Aids, first-aid tape, ibuprofen, personal medications, etc. 
  • Lip balm, at least SPF 20
  • Headlamp w/ spare batteries
  • Water bottle, 1-2 liters
  • Bandanas
  • Snacks and/or munchies Bring trail food/lunch for up to 8 hours outside. 
  • Camera Optional
  • AIARE Field book *(Included with student materials)

Note: For Mazama Leaders—Climbing Committee is unable to provide any reimbursement for this course for Mazama Climb Leaders at this time



$ 450 .00 for Mazama members
$ 525 .00 for non-Mazama members


Have questions about registration or your application status?

Email or call (503) 227-2345


Have questions about registration or your application status?

Email or call (503) 227-2345