Backcountry skiing and snowboarding is booming, and more skiers than ever are taking advantage of better touring gear to venture further than ever before. Whether skinning from the trailhead or skiing through a resort gate, all backcountry excursions come with risk, but taking an avalanche education course can help you make better decisions and provide hands-on experience. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is the gold standard for avalanche education curriculum, and there are plenty of places you can go to do the coursework and field training. However, if you want to mix education with a little adventure, this list is for you. Curbed Ski sifted through the providers offering AIARE Level 1 (the introductory course) training to bring you the best options. From women-specific courses to mini-backcountry hut vacations, we've got something for everyone.
Please note the providers are listed from west to east. Prices are for AIARE Level 1 courses, and most include the use of avalanche equipment (pole, shovel and beacon) but require you to bring your own touring gear. Lodging only included when mentioned.
-By Michael Schrantz
· The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education [Official site]
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