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AIARE Level 2 Chamonix

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

A new course for 2018. AIARE 2 have been re-designed to build on skills introduced in AIARE 1. This is a 3 day course designed to advance your decision making skills in more complicated situations.

AIARE mission is to “save lives through avalanche education”. We have no doubt this course could save your life.

The AIARE 2 is an avalanche awareness course specially designed to teach more advanced avalanche hazard management. It builds on skills introduced in AIARE 1. Students will learn how to analyze the weather, snow pack and avalanche processes and how to relate these factors to observations in the avalanche terrain. You will learn how to use your knowledge to plan and prepare a ski trip and how to lead a small group skiing in more complicated terrain.

A final debrief includes a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension and give feedback to course instructors. Students are encouraged and counseled 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.

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 recognized AIARE course providers in Europe - more information can be found at www.avtraining.org.

Chamonix Experience has been working alongside AIARE for many years and it is important to us not only to guide our clients in the great mountains surrounding us, but also to educate them so they can understand the risks and approach the mountains safely.

This course is always run by an AIARE instructor, who is also a qualified UIAGM mountain guide, which means that you benefit from the AIARE syllabus, as well as the experience of the mountain guide who has been leading clients in the mountains for years.

Description

The AIARE Level 2 is a 3 day course, which aims to:

  • Identify and evaluate different avalanche hazards within the landscape
  • Use and interpret weather, snow and avalanche activity observations to locate appropriate terrain before and during the trip.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include initiating group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and using simple risk management strategies.
  • Use a basic forecasting framework with and without the help of local supporting avalanche information.

Price

595€

Price per person; group size minimum 4 people for the course to run

Course Dates

2017
Start Date End Date Spaces
Dec 16 Dec 18 5

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  The Course is guaranteed to run


Included

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.

Group Equipment

Ropes, safety equipment, etc will be provided when needed by your guide.

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.

Office Support

Our team is based at the foot of the Aiguille du Midi cable car and will be happy to help you with any questions you may have before, during or after your trip to Chamonix.

Not Included

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.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you take our Search and Rescue mountain insurance - we can organise this for you on request.

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.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.

Clothing

Warm hat

Warm hat

Fleece or woollen layers

Fleece or woollen layers

Light puffer jacket

Light puffer jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof jacket

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Windproof and waterproof trousers

Warm gloves

Warm gloves

Thin gloves

Thin gloves

Sun hat

Sun hat

Hiking boots

Hiking boots

Thermal underwear

Thermal underwear

Technical gear

Ski goggles

Ski goggles

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski / splitboard skins

Ski poles

Ski poles

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

35 - 45 litres rucksack with attachment loops for skis or snowboard

Ski touring skis

Ski touring skis

Ski touring boots

Ski touring boots

Splitboard

Splitboard

Snowboard boots

Snowboard boots

Ski / splitboard crampons

Ski / splitboard crampons

Safety Equipment

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe

Extras

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Water bottle (1 litre minimum)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)

Sun cream high protection (for lips and face)