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This comprehensive two-day introductory course is designed for participants with basic ski or splitboard touring experience looking to develop a good foundation of essential backcountry skills and avalanche rescue techniques. A self-paced online learning component, including a live meeting with your instructor, is followed up with two days in the field, learning how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, understand basic decision-making while in the field, terrain recognition and avalanche rescue techniques. The outdoor classroom of Lake Tahoe backcountry consists of some of the best terrain in the region to begin your avalanche education!
Excellent terrain variety provides great avalanche simulation opportunities
The area is known for world-class backcountry terrain, bluebird days, and powder stashes
Perhaps the most famous ski location in California and an unforgettable bucket-list destination
Adapted for the 2021/22 season, the new version of the course carefully crafted by AIARE will take your backcountry skills to the next level. Explore the backcountry with a guide and learn the basics of avalanche rescue and risk management. The online self-paced course followed by two field days in the Lake Tahoe area will teach you how to plan and carry out a backcountry tour safely. This education opens the door to explore new areas with the confidence that you have the knowledge to stay safe in unfamiliar terrain.
This two-day intro course designed according to the curriculum established by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is perfect for anyone looking to spend more time in the backcountry.
During your self-paced online class, you will learn AIARE Level 1 skills. By spending two days in the Lake Tahoe backcountry, you will learn and implement new skills and techniques.
1. Introduction to the Avalanche Phenomena
2. Observations and Information Gathering
3. Trip Planning and Preparation
4. Companion Rescue and Equipment
57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.
We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Lake Tahoe, please refer to the Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority and Government of California websites.
Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!
What you get in this adventure:
What’s not included:
In order to enjoy this avalanche course, you need to have an excellent level of fitness. Skiers must be able to hike for many hours at a time while carrying a small pack.
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and prices:
If you’d like to take a private course with just an instructor and your own group, AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course in Lake Tahoe can be customized to your group’s specific needs. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
If you plan to take the course with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
To get to Lake Tahoe, most people fly into Reno-Tahoe International Airport. From there, you can rent a car or take a shuttle service, such as the South Tahoe Airporter. It is a one-hour drive to the Lake Tahoe area.
Prior to departure, each group will meet at the Alpenglow office located in Olympic Valley. Operating in partnership with the Tahoe National Forest and the Truckee Donner Land Trust, our outdoor classroom contains some of the best terrain in the region to begin your avalanche education. Location may change depending on snow conditions. Classroom sessions that once took place at our headquarters in the beautiful Olympic Valley, California will now be held completely online.