Avalanche Level 1 (AIARE) - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain - SoCal

Description: AIARE Avalanche Level 1 class is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management for anyone recreating in the winter backcountry including skiers, snowshoers, snowboarders. The course provides a basic understanding of avalanches, developing a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain. The course comprises classroom and field work majority of the course spent in the field. This course is operated by Sierra Mountain Center, operating under permit from the Inyo National Forest.

Skills you'll learn:

At the end of the Level One course the student should be able to: Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain, Recognize avalanche terrain, Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain, Learn and apply effective companion rescue

Check out the gear list.

Required Legal Form:
This course requires the participant to read and sign a liability release form before participating. Please see "Required Legal Form" for the session you are registering for. You will need to print, sign and bring the form to your class.

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  • Class Details
  • Gear List

Avalanche Level 1 (AIARE) - Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain - SoCal Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Warm Hat
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Insulated/Waterproof Boots - Suitable for snowshoeing.
  • Hat/ Sun protection - An item to help protect your face and neck from sunburn.
  • Gaiters
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Energy Snacks
  • Water Bottle
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Warm Gloves
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.


  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder

Gear provided by REI:

  • Group First Aid Kit