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

Winter, Adventure

Description: The AIARE Avalanche Level 1 class is a 4 day/24 hour introduction (including both class and field instruction) to avalanche hazard management. The course is expected to: 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 "answers"; and, give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip; to understand basic decision making while in the field; and, to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried individual (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught). This course is taught by Timberline Mountain Guides in partnership with REI. Student Prerequisites: students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain. Classroom sessions will take place at the Portland REI from 6 pm - 9 pm on Tuesday 1/21 & Thursday 1/23. Two full-day field sessions will take place on Mt. Hood Saturday 1/25 & Sunday 1/26 (exact locations TBD based on currrent conditions).

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 - Portland Gear List

Gear to bring to class:


  • Warm Gloves
  • Lunch & Snacks
  • Synthetic / wool layers - Clothing that will stay warm when wet.
  • Warm Jacket - Down or Synthetic.
  • Warm Hat
  • Insulated/Waterproof Boots - Suitable for snowshoeing.
  • Warm Socks - Wool or Synthetic.
  • Daypack - Day pack large enough to carry water, food and layers.
  • Water Bottle
  • alpine touring (AT), telemark, split board, or snowshoe equipment
  • Sun Protection - Lip balm, sunscreen, wide-brim hats, etc.
  • Energy Snacks
  • Rain Gear - Waterproof/resistant jacket, pants and hat.


  • Hat/ Sun protection - An item to help protect your face and neck from sunburn.
  • Gaiters
  • Extra Warm Synthetic Clothing
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyewear Retainer - A strap to help keep your glasses or sunglasses from falling off in the event of big splash or a capsize.
  • Thermos with warm drinks
  • Hydration Compatible Day Pack - 1000-2000 cubic inches with 70-100 oz water bladder
  • Lip Balm/Protection
  • Change of clothes - A change of clothes to leave in your car and put on after the event.
  • Ski Goggles

Gear provided by REI:

  • Snow Shovel
  • Avalanche Beacon / Transceiver
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Avalanche Probe