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AIARE Avalanche Level 1 

The 2022/ 2023 Season is live!

Climbers of Color has partnered with Mountain Bureau to offer AIARE Level 1 programming*! 


The American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level I is an intro­duc­to­ry class with 5-hours of guided education, one evening lec­ture and two field days that cov­er­ing the phe­nom­e­non of avalanche, avalanche ter­rain travel, deci­sion mak­ing, trav­el tech­niques, human fac­tors, and com­pan­ion res­cue. These cours­es are designed for recre­ation­al­ists look­ing to get out and have the nec­es­sary tools to make informed deci­sions about risk fac­tors and to be able to ask the right ques­tions before head­ing out.


*NOTE: These courses are limited to a maximum of 6-participants. Due to an insufficient amount of BIPOC avalanche instructors, we are offering a hybrid course with our partner, Mountain Bureau (MB), where CoC will proudly occupy 6 slots of a 12-slot course. Course field days will be spent with CoC Guide, Cal' Smith, while online sessions will be spent learning alongside MB clients and co-guides.

We acknowledge this is not the purest form of an affinity course; however, our options were confined to running programs in this style. If you have any comments, questions, or concerns regarding the sanctity of this affinity space, please reach out to Cal at We stand by such decisions in the best interest of these communities. We are proud, excited, and elated to partner with Mountain Bureau, who have demonstrated an earnest track record of advocating for the working guide, which CoC is comprised of and is operated by.

Dates & Locations:



AIARE Level 1 - February 2nd - 5th - Snoqualmie Pass - Full. Waitlist only.

AIARE Level 1 - February 16th - 19th - Snoqualmie Pass - 1 seat open

AIARE Level 1 - February 23rd - 26th - Snoqualmie Pass - Full. Waitlist only.



Tuition: $495.00

Prerequisites: Students must be able to travel in the snow and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

Scholarships: We have extensive scholarships specifically for this course. We strongly encourage Black and or Indigenous/Native community members to apply. Scholarships are 50% or 100% of course fees ($495). 

If you have any questions, please email

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