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  • Lead guide and Founder of Guided Exposure shows a group of AIARE 1 students snow grains on a crystal card, during a snow pit lesson in the Mount Baker Backcountry.
  • AIARE 1 students get feedback on their snow profile from the Lead Guide at Guided Exposure. Mount Shuksan stand tall in the background on a stunning day in the Mount Baker Backcountry.
  • AIARE 1 participants make snowpack observations and identify layers in the snowpack.
  • AIARE 1 students practice digging while performing an avalanche rescue.
  • Splitboarders get a feeling for people while using avalanche probes at a SPlitboard AIARE 1 course at Mount Baker.
  • AIARE 1 students get experience traveling through terrain in the Mount Baker Backcountry.
  • Snowboarding in the Mount Baler backcountry is a beautiful experience. A snowboarder rides in the sunshine with Mount Baker in the background.
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$600.00 USD
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$600.00 USD

The AIARE 1 is for ANYONE, regardless of method of travel, who wants to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Our AIARE 1 surpasses national standards during this three-day / 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. All courses will feature online learning modules, in person classroom sessions, along with 3 field days at Mount Baker in Washington. 


Our custom crafted AIARE course provides several online learning resources for self paced work leading up to our in person sessions. We will have a 1 hour virtual session in the week before our course. Our specially crafted courses give you 25% more field time with our pro instructors in the North Cascade Mountains in Washington and less time sitting inside suffering from power point fatigue.  


Students can expect to develop a good grounding 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 a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).

Learning Outcomes

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



Day 0: Self Guided Online Learning with a 2 hour virtual check in. 

Day 1: In person classroom session in Glacier & Field Day at Heather Meadows

Day 2: Brief in person classroom session in Glacier & Field Day at Heather Meadows

Day 3: Brief in person classroom session in Glacier & Field Day at Heather Meadows



Gear List


Base Layer



Thermal Bottom

O.R. Alpine Onset Bottoms

O.R. Alpine Onset Bottoms

Thermal Top

O.R. Alpine Onset Crew

O.R. Onset Crew

Ski Socks



Mid Layer



Soft Shell

O.R. Ferrosi Hooded Jacket

O.R. Ferrosi Hooded Jacket




Fleece Jacket

O.R. Vigor Fleece Hoodie

O.R. Vigor Hooded Jacket




Lightweight Waterproof Jacket

O.R. Skyward II Jacket

O.R. Skyward II Jacket

Lightweight Waterproof Pants

O.R. Skyward II Pants

O.R. Skyward II Pants



Warm Hat, Beanie

O.R. Beanie

O.R. Beanie

Sun Hat, Ball Cap, Visor

O.R. Swift Cap

O.R. Swift Cap

Lightweight Gloves

O.R. Extravert Gloves

O.R. Stormtracker Gloves

Ski Gloves

O.R. Arete Glove

O.R. Arete Gloves





O.R. Transcendent Down Jacket

O.R. Transcendent Down Jacket




Synthetic Jacket

O.R. Refuge Hooded

O.R. Refuge Hooded

Personal Gear

Day Pack 25-40L

Mammut Pro X 35L

Mammut Pro X 35L

Water Bottles

2 1L Wide Mouth or Hydration system

Lunch and Snacks




Adequate for Snow Travel

Goggles w/ Spare Lens

Or 2nd pair of goggles

Low Light and Sunny Lens


SPF 25+

Lip Balm

SPF 15+


O.R. Echo Ubertube

O.R. Echo Ubertube




O.R. Option Balaclava

O.R. Option Balaclava




Ski or Snowboard Gear

Skis or Splitboard

Weston Backcountry Splits and Skis

Ski Boots


Ski Poles

Black Diamond 3 Piece Poles (140cm)

Climbing Skins

Touring Skins

Avalanche Safety Gear

Transceiver/ Beacon

Black Diamond Powder BT


Transfer 3


Quickdraw 280cm

Ski pole probes are not acceptable

Optional Items

We highly recommend these but do not require them to participate.

Airbag Packs


Snow Saw

Primomo Snow Saws

Basic Snow study Kit

BCA Snow Study Kit

Notebook and writing utensil

Rite in the Rain 374 and Pencil

Winter Snow Boots- Parking Lot

Sorel Style Boots


Vacuum Style for Hot Tea or Cocoa


Adjustable Declination


Suunto Watch

Map Case or Goggle Protection

Zip Loc


Caltopo or GAIA



Cancellation Policy

It is your responsibility to be familiar with our Payment, Cancellation, and Rescheduling Policies. When you book a trip with Guided Exposure, you are agreeing to our policies outlined here: