Do you have a special interest in avalanche education and snow science? With our partner company Rutas Australes you can take one of our avalanche courses with certified instructors, and get straight into action practising your new skills and climbing a few volcanoes with our mountain guides.

Courses 2018

AIARE 1 – August 3rd-5th 2018 – Pucon, Chile

Cost: CLP 480,000 (Chilean Peso)

A 3-day course looking to improve your decision-making when travelling in avalanche terrain, with emphasis on safe travel practices, recognising avalanche terrain, companion rescue and a basic understanding of avalanche phenomena.

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).

Student learning outcomes

  • 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.

AIARE 2 – August 17th-19th 2018 – Pucon, Chile

Cost: CLP 480,000 (Chilean Peso)

The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where online resources are scarce.

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

Student learning outcomes

  • Differentiate where specific avalanche hazards exist within the landscape and identify avalanche terrain where consequences may be more severe.
  • Use and interpret weather, snow, and avalanche observations to locate appropriate terrain prior to entering and while in the field.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills within a small team that include facilitating small group discussion, promoting appropriate terrain selection, and utilizing simple risk management strategies.
  • Implement a basic forecasting framework that can be used in conjunction with and in the absences of local supporting avalanche information.

Avalanche Pro1 – August 22th-26th 2018 – Pucon, Chile

Cost: CLP 480,000 (Chilean Peso)

Please contact us for more details.


Courses are usually run in Spanish and English and spaces are limited.

For more information, an itinerary and detailed program of the courses, please get in touch here.