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AIARE 1 course


Join our AIARE-certified course leaders and instructors for this introduction to traveling safely in avalanche terrain. This popular 3 day course is now broken down into 1 virtual classroom day*, with instructor support and 2 days of field sessions.
* Only field days are shown on the schedule.

Class size

6 students per instructor

Field session dates

January & February 2023 (dates TBD)

The tour price excludes 6 % Idaho state tax; online and direct reservations incure a 6 % booking fee.

After booking, you may request to change your reservation time or date outside of 30 days, though we assess an administrative fee of $40 for each change. Please visit Policies for our full cancellation policy.


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Join Selkirk Powder for Level 1 avalanche education. We will follow American Institute for Avalanche Research & Education (AIARE) curriculum to study avalanche recognition, snowpack observations and data collection, trip planning and preparation, and companion rescue. This course includes one virtual classroom day of instruction and two days immersed in the backcountry.

AIARE 1 is a three-day, 24 hr course that provides an introduction to using decision-making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain.

AIARE 1 is for anyone—regardless of mode of travel—who recreates in or near avalanche terrain. (This includes skiers, snowboarders, snowmobilers, snowshoers, and mountaineers.) Aspiring professionals will need to take AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course.


The ability to travel in avalanche terrain is all that is necessary; please bring appropriate equipment for human-powered snow travel to class. (Other avalanche awareness classes, workshops, or the Avalanche Rescue course are great adjuncts but not at all required.)

Selkirk Powder partners with Mick Pearson, founder of Kaf Adventures, to lead this course.

Mick Pearson, course leader

Mick Pearson

Mick is the founder of Kaf Adventures and holds the following qualifications:

  • AIARE Course Leader
  • AAI Level 3
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • LNT Master Educator
  • AMGA Rock & Alpine Guide
  • AMGA SPI Program Provider
  • AMGA Instructor Team Member

Kevin Stolbrock, instructor

Kevin Stolbrock

Kevin is a certified instructor and manages our AIARE program here at Selkirk Powder. He holds these qualifications:

  • IOGLB Level 2 Alpine Ski Guide
  • AIARE Pro 1
  • AIAREPro 2
  • AIARE Avalanche Rescue
  • AIARE Course Instructor
  • AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor
  • AMGA Ski Guide Course
  • LNT Trainer
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • NSP Outdoor Emergency Care
  • Rite in the Rain AIARE Decision-Making Guide (“blue book” fieldbook)
  • student handbook
  • certificate of completion

Please bring

Meet at our desk in Schweitzer’s Lakeview Lodge.
Descend to Schweitzer Village.

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