Top three reasons to upgrade your skills in New Hampshire
Stay up-to-date with the latest avalanche safety practices
Explore rugged mountain wilderness of New Hampshire
Enjoy excellent powder and breathtaking vistas along the way
Anyone who has ever experienced a crowded ski resort has dreamed about trading the lifts for the backcountry. The idea of leaving the maintained slopes behind for the rugged mountain wilderness is thrilling, which is why more and more skiers have been pursuing it. In New Hampshire’s stunning backcountry, where the ungroomed powder is excellent, the slopes are easily accessible and the views are fantastic. However, the often-romanticized backcountry comes with its fair share of risks—the biggest one being avalanches. Underestimating avalanches is always a bad idea, as they could ruin your ski trip at best or put your life at risk at worst. Those new to avalanche safety should learn the fundamentals of safety and rescue techniques, while those with some experience should brush up on the latest practices. If you’re having second thoughts, remember—it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
January through March
Portland, ME, is 2 hours away from Glen, NH
Beginner to advanced
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AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course
Stay up-to-date with your avalanche safety knowledge with this AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course in New Hampshire. This single-day course is meant to be retaken on a regular basis to keep abreast of the best practices, rescue techniques, and gear. Newcomers will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will get an update on the latest optimal safety practices, as well as expand their skillset with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice.
During this course, you’ll learn how to:
- identify, familiarize yourself and properly use personal protective, avalanche rescue, and self-evacuation equipment
- demonstrate and practice routines to check the gear’s function.
- set up effective scenarios for single burial practice
- integrate individual skills into a rescue scenario
- identify potential patient care considerations resulting from avalanche
- how to name self-evacuation and communication equipment to outside resources
- how to describe situations to Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services
When it comes to avalanche rescue, you will get an introduction to the Avalanche Rescue Quick Reference tour and a chance to apply it to a realistic scenario. You will also get to practice assessing the scene and taking leadership, using a transceiver and probe, and shoveling. Finally, you’ll get to integrate all new skills and receive feedback on rescue response from a licensed professional.
By the end of this course, you should be able to describe what to do if you or a member of your group is caught in an avalanche, as well as to identify and use the gear necessary for avalanche rescue. With feedback from your instructors and peers, you will practice your skills in a realistic scenario, improve your response skills and times during and after the course and develop a plan for continued practice.
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AMGA Certified Guides
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Things to know
Covid measures in New Hampshire
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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in New Hampshire, please refer to New Hampshire’s COVID-19 guidelines for out-of-state visitors.
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:
- An experienced, certified guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- A full day of classroom and field instruction
- A rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end
What’s not included:
- Technical backcountry ski touring equipment (can be rented)
- Accommodation (available at your guide’s Bunkhouse for a discounted price of $20 per night)
- Food and snacks
- Transportation to Glen, NH
How fit do I need to be?
In order to get the most of this adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You will be on your feet for a full day. You will need to manage controlled descents in variable conditions. All participants should feel comfortable on challenging blue or black level resort runs and be able to carry a loaded daypack while skinning up variable degrees of terrain.
Students must be able to travel in the snow and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. Skiers must be able to hike for several hours at a time while carrying a small pack. All participants should be comfortable traveling in snow while carrying touring gear.
What equipment do I need to bring?
For technical backcountry ski touring gear, you will need to bring:
- Alpine touring skis, telemark skis, or splitboard with skins (can be rented)
- Touring boots and poles (can be rented)
- Avalanche safety equipment (can be rented):
- Digital, 3-antenna avalanche transceiver or beacon
- Lightweight snow shovel
- Avalanche probe
For personal items, we recommend bringing:
- Sunglasses or ski goggles
- Gloves and hat
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Ski pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Down jacket or vest
- Synthetic or wool base layers, underwear, and socks
- One triple-action locking carabiner or two conventional locking carabiners
- Repair kit and Leatherman for your equipment (can be shared between several people)
- Water bottle and 1L of water
- Thermos with a warm beverage — optional
- Food you can eat on-the-go
- First-aid kit
- Daypack large enough to carry all items listed (around a 30-40L backpack)
- Camera — optional
Can I rent equipment?
All mandatory gear can be rented if you don’t have your own. You can rent:
- You can rent the beacon, shovel, and probe from your guide for a fee of $16.50
- Alpine touring or telemark skis, touring boots, and poles can be rented from your guide
- Splitboards can be rented from your guide
If you choose to rent from your guide, you will receive an exclusive discount of 50% on your beacon, probe, and shovel and an additional 20% discount on all rental equipment and clothing.
Ski rental locations are in Glen, NH, and should be picked up the night prior to your outing. If you need to rent gear, let us know and we can help make arrangements.
Group sizes and age requirements
Group sizes and pricing:
- This course is not private. The usual guest-to-guide ratio is 6:1.
- Cost is per person and it doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
AIARE courses in New Hampshire can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
- Minors may be permitted to join this course on a case-by-case basis.
If your group has skiers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
Getting there and meeting location
To get to Glen, NH, the starting point for the course, most people fly into Portland International Jetport. From there, you can rent a car and take a 2-hour drive to Glen, or take a bus to Naples American Legion and take a taxi, which will take you around 2h15min total.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will suggest the best place to meet, whether that’s at the guide’s Bunkhouse in Glen, NH, or a predetermined location. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.