California’s Great Beyond

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and (AIARE) Avalanche Courses

  • Location: High Sierra Snowcat and Yurt
  • Dates: January 6, 2023 - January 8, 2023
  • Recurrence: Recurring daily
  • Address: 10 Virginia Lakes Road, Bridgeport, CA 93517
  • Phone: (530) 412-1509

Ski or snowboard for fun with expert guides or take an avalanche course taught by AIARE certified instructors. These courses will be based out of the yurt and will include classroom and field work. The snowcat will be used to access great terrain, the best snow conditions, and facilitate learning with an onboard AV system. All meals will be cooked by the guides. CMEs are provided in partnership with Tahoe Wilderness Medicine.

Students can expect to develop a solid foundation in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up an avalanche victim.

Student learning objectives:

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use the AIARE Decision Making Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue.

Course dates: (If you have your own private group please call and we can see if we can accommodate other dates)


Introduction to Backcountry Skiing and (AIARE) Avalanche Courses