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AIARE Level 1 Chamonix

AIARE Avalanche Safety - invest in something that could save your life

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education’s mission is to “save lives through avalanche education”. We have no doubt this course could save your life.

This course will teach you how to assess the risks when going off-piste and what to do in the case of an accident; you will learn how to read the snow pack, understand the weather conditions, rescue someone from a crevasse, use a transciever to search for avalanche victims, and much more.

The course is split between learning theory in the classroom and putting it into practise in the mountains. Over the three days you will get plenty of time in the Chamonix backcountry to learn about off-piste safety skills.

AIARE avalanche safety courses are the result of a collaboration between Canadian, Swiss and American mountain guides. AIARE sets curriculum standards for avalanche education from recreational to professional levels. The curriculum evolves with changes in the world of avalanche research and education. All AIARE instructors are certified and required to stay current for the level of course they are teaching.

There are currently 60 registered AIARE course providers and 200 instructors worldwide. Chamonix Experience is one of only two recognised AIARE course providers in Europe - watch our video below to find out what our course involves.

More information can be found at www.avtraining.org.

Description

The AIARE Level 1 is a 3 day / 24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. During this time you will gain:

  • Basic understanding of avalanches
  • Decision making skills and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Avalanche search and rescue techniques
  • Good basic knowledge to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip

Our course offers lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful and applicable in the field; You will learn how to identify the right questions and make your own decisions, rather than us just giving you all the "answers".

A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and give feedback to course instructors. Students are encouraged and counselled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion. It will however, equip you with a much greater understanding of the mountain environment.

Level Requirements

The only pre-requisites for this course are that you can ski or snowboard well on the piste and are comfortable skiing gentle off-piste terrain.You will use ski touring equipment during the course, but previous ski touring experience is not required.

Snowboarders - you don’t need previous touring experience if you are using snow shoes. If you are using a split board you will have to know how to set the board up quickly and efficiently by yourself. Split boards are tricky to use and you will have no time to learn how to set up the board during the course.

Prix

595€

Price per person; group of minimum 4 participants

Date des Stages

2017
Start Date End Date Spaces
G
9 déc. 11 déc. 7
G
16 déc. 18 déc. 1
2018
Start Date End Date Spaces
G
6 jan. 8 jan. Full

G
  The Course is guaranteed to run


Inclus

Guiding & Tuition

3 days of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM gualified mountain guide and an AIARE qualified course leader.

Course Materials

AIARE course manual and field book.

Certificate

AIARE course certificate of completion.

Equipement collectif

Cordes, mousquetons, pharmacie et matériel collectif seront pris en charge par les guides de haute montagne

Safety Equipment

We can provide the essential safety equipment of harness, avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel if you do not have your own. We can also lend you a backpack with straps for carrying your skis/snowboard on request.

Support logistique et implantation locale au coeur même de Chamonix

Notre société est basée dans un superbe environement au pied du téléphérique de l'Aiguille du Midi à Chamonix.

Notre équipe est à votre disposition pour tout renseignement et pour vous assister lors de votre stage avec nous.

Non Inclus

Skis / Snowboards

The price does not include skis/snowboards, boots or clothing. If you do not have your own we can help you organise rental, please ask us for details.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Assurance Secours et rapatriement

Nous vous incitons fortement à souscrire une assurance Secours & Rapatriement pour votre stage. Nous pouvons souscrire une assurance pour vous via notre partenaire assistance. Merci de le demander lors de votre inscrition sur le stage.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Accommodation

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Se rendre à Chamonix

Le tarif ne comprend pas les transferts jusqu'à et depuis Chamonix mais nous pouvons vous assister selon que vous arriviez par train, avion ou bus. N'hésitez pas à nous demander notre asssistance.

AIARE Level 1 Itinerary

The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Safety Course is a 3 day / 24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management.

During the 3 days the course will:

Provide a basic understanding of avalanches

Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain

Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing just “answers”.

Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful and applicable in the field.

Students can expect to develop good basic knowledge to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, as well as rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and give feedback to instructors on instructional tools. Students are encouraged and counselled on how to apply the skills learned and told that no course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after course completion.

The course is delivered half in the classroom and half in the field

The first part of day 1 will be spent in the classroom, so you can bring normal shoes with you for that section if you wish.

Vêtements

Bonnet

Bonnet

sous - vetements thermiques

sous - vetements thermiques

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

T-shirt et couches respirantes (laine ou synthetique)

Doudoune legere

Doudoune legere

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Veste etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Pantalon etanche et coupe-vent

Gants chauds

Gants chauds

Gants techniques (fins)

Gants techniques (fins)

Equipement technique

Masque de ski

Masque de ski

Peaux de phoque et couteaux

Peaux de phoque et couteaux

Skis de randonnee

Skis de randonnee

Chaussures de ski de randonnee

Chaussures de ski de randonnee

Sac a dos 20 - 30 litres avec les attaches pour fixer les skis ou un snowboard

Sac a dos 20 - 30 litres avec les attaches pour fixer les skis ou un snowboard

Splitboard

Splitboard

Equipement de sécurité

DVA (detecteur de victimes d'avalanche), pelle, sonde

DVA (detecteur de victimes d'avalanche), pelle, sonde

Extras

Lunettes de soleil

Lunettes de soleil

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Bouteille d'eau 1 litre minimum

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)

Creme solaire haute protection (visage et levres)