AIARE Level 3: Advanced Avalanche Training for Professionals and Recreational Leaders

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The Level 3 course is an advanced certification course for experienced and professional avalanche practitioners, professional guides, patrollers and advanced recreational backcountry travelers. The course is 7 days long and completes the avalanche course stream of the Level 2 and 3. (11 days together). Individuals who receive a passing grade and successfully complete the course receive a certificate provided by the AIARE administration.

Currently there are no course offerings for AIARE Level 3 Course.

    • Practice using an avalanche hazard analysis and risk forecasting process.
    • Form opinions about snow stability, avalanche hazard, and operational decisions.
    • Each day begins with a forecast, spends time making decisions in the field, and ends with a hazard analysis and review of risk treatment strategies employed. Hazard evaluation and risk treatment decisions are carefully briefed, coached, and debriefed.
    • Improve participants’ observation and recording skills.
    • Improve the participant’s terrain analysis skills
    • Improve decision making in the field.
    • Improve understanding of the creation and metamorphism of the mountain snowpack.
    • Encourage active participation.
    • Advance participant’s companion rescue skills.
  • AIARE 3 is a course and exam that requires students to travel safely and efficiently in avalanche terrain. Field days will include travel on rugged terrain up to and exceeding 30 degrees, trail breaking, and 8 hours of travel carrying a day pack with rescue equipment and clothing. Students must submit an application to the course provider which details they have met the prerequisites:
    • AIARE 2 course (or equivalent as documented through a Prior Learning Assessment and Review)
    • Experience applying the AIARE 2 skills and knowledge in a professional or personal program is required.
    • Personal resume:
    • Twenty day-trips in avalanche terrain requiring decision-making and travel procedures
    • Twenty day trips with documented field weather and snowpack observations (to AAA SWAG or OGRES Observation Guidelines standards)
    • Ten recent snow profiles (documented in field book to same standards)
    • Must be able to find (by probe) two transceivers buried in a 30m by 30m area in six minutes. (One transceiver is buried 30cm below the surface; the second is buried 40-60 cm below the surface 3 to 4m apart.). Led a rescue team in a mock avalanche rescue scenario OR have training and experience in a professional search and rescue group (e.g. ski patrol, etc.)
    • Prior to the start of the AIARE 3 course, it is required that the student complete the Pre-Course Quiz, and bring a printed and complete hard copy to hand-in at the course start.
  • Personal Equipment:
    • Clothing for activities and standing in cold/snowy weather (no cotton)
    • long underwear insulating layers outer layer (wind/waterproof)
    • warm gloves, mitts, headband, and hat
    • Goggles and sunglasses
    • Small personal first aid kit (sunscreen/lip-balm, moleskin, band-aids, medication, etc.)
    • Water Bottle Pack
    • Personal Skiing, Snowboarding, or Snowshoeing equipment.
    Additional Equipment:
    • Snow saw or folding pruning saw (approx. 40cm blade). Longer folding saws available from Brooks-Range Mountaineering.
    • Snow thermometer (graduated in degrees Celsius). Dial stem and/or glass/alcohol types are commonly used. Electronic thermometers are acceptable but have limitations for snow profile work. NOTE: If you bring thermometers calibrated in degrees Fahrenheit, you will be required to purchase or borrow a Celsius thermometer.
    • Crystal identification screen. Dark color, metal screen is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.
    • Magnifier (8x or 10x RECOMMENDED).
    • Folding rule (graduated in centimetres required. 2 metre length).
    • Clinometer