E:K Education

Education

Kirkwood is a Class A avalanche area, making it the perfect classroom for our avalanche & backcountry education programs. Expedition:Kirkwood has become one of the West Coast’s largest avalanche education providers, teaching the most current versions of the nationally recognized curriculum from the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). Our AIARE trained instructors have over 25 years teaching experience and our avalanche programs - combined with AIARE specific teaching methods - are student centered. The prime goals of these courses are to increase public awareness and save lives through avalanche education.

These courses aim to provide:

  • A better understanding of the avalanche phenomena
  • The knowledge to make more informed decisions at home and in the field
  • The tools to successfully plan and prep for travel in avalanche terrain, and to carry out a basic rescue

No course can fully guarantee safety, either during or after completion, but the education & knowledge provided by these specialized courses are essential tools for any backcountry adventurer.

Avalanche Certification

AIARE - American Institute for Avalanche Research and EducationThese specialized courses are essential tools for any backcountry adventurer. Expedition:Kirkwood offers AIARE Level 1 and Level 2 Courses throughout the winter. Sessions do fill up, so reserve your spot early.

AIARE Level 1

A three day introduction course to the avalanche phenomena. Students will develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, understand basic decision making while in the field, and learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person. View the course description, equipment list and additional resources.

COST: $315
DATES:
December: 13th-15th & 17th-19th
January: 3rd-5th, 14th-16th, 18th-20th & 31st-February 2nd
February: 11th-13th & 25th-27th
March: 4th-6th, 14th-16th & 28th-30th
April: 4th-6th

Contact Expedition:Kirkwood to book your AIARE Level 1 Course today. If the above dates don't fit your needs, please contact us about setting up your own custom AIARE Level 1 Course.

AIARE Cancellation Policy

  • Outside of 5 days – no charge
  • Within 5 days – 50% charge
  • Day of/no show – full charge
  • Road closure - no charge

AIARE Level 2

The Level 2 Course is a four day program that provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. The course also includes the introductory and prerequisite components for the professional progression: the Level 3 Certificate. The Level 2 builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation. Students must have obtained a Level 1 Certificate before taking a Level 2 Course. View the course description, equipment list and additional resources.

COST: $495
Dates: March 18th – 21st

Contact Expedition:Kirkwood to book your AIARE Level 2 Course today.

AIARE Cancellation Policy

  • Outside of 5 days – no charge
  • Within 5 days – 50% charge
  • Day of/no show – full charge
  • Road closure - no charge

Backcountry Awareness Clinics

Backcountry Awareness Clinics

Our Backcountry Awareness Course is a great introduction to avalanche awareness and will create a solid foundation upon which to build skills in the AIARE Level 1 Course. Learn the basic skills needed to venture safely inside resort boundaries or into basic lift accessed backcountry terrain in this four hour course. Course covers avalanche awareness and avoidance, equipment usage, snow observations and safe terrain travel techniques. Clinics are led by Expedition Guides and are limited to 8-10 participants. Strong intermediate through upper skill level needed.

Clinics start promptly at 10am with 1 hour of classroom time and 2 hours of field time. Advance reservations are highly recommended, clinics fill up fast and have a maximum of 12 participants.

COST: $65
DATES: December 29th, January 12th & 26th, February 9th & 23rd, March 2nd & 23rd, April 13th

Contact Expedition:Kirkwood to book your Beacon Training Clinic today. If the dates above don't fit you or your needs, contact us about setting up your own personal Beacon Training Clinic.