2020/21 Avalanches Courses

I teach a number of American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Courses. AIARE is a national organization that has created a standardized curriculum and training for courses and instructors. It is by far the most common curriculum and there are a number of providers both in the Mount Washington Valley and nationally.

Why take an Avalanche Course with Chauvin Guides? With so many courses using the same curriculum why should you choose a Chauvin Guides Course? The greatest variable in the AIARE courses is the instructor’s experience, enthusiasm, and training, check out my credentials here. Next is the group size, all my courses are capped at 5 people. Many other providers go as large as 12 students and two instructors. Although the ratio is similar the logistics of a large group makes the field days more cumbersome and less able to adapt to conditions.

Covid Update: A few things have changed since last year! Typically the AIARE 1 is three days long consisting of 8 hours of indoor classroom and 16 hours of outdoor learning. Here are the changes due to Covid:

  • I will be limiting my in person teaching to the field days only.
  • The classroom will be a combination of the 4 hour AIARE online learning that you can do at your convenience, combined with a live 3 hour remote learning class. This must be completed before your field days.
  • My in person field days will be limited to 5 people and I will be the only instructor. This will enhance the learning opportunities while limiting the potential exposure to Covid. 
  • Everyone will be required to have a face covering when within less than six feet of another person. Due to the cold this is typical on many past avalanche courses. Buffs and Neck Gaitors will be acceptable barring any new information about effectiveness.
  • There will be a schedule of remote classroom dates (listed below). You will be able to take any one of those remote sessions so the classroom is as accommodating as possible to your schedule. Again, this must be completed before the field days.
  • If you are ill, test positive for Covid, or have been told to quarantine due to contact with a Covid positive person you will be refunded all but $75 if you have done the online class.
  • I reserve the right to cancel the field days should the risk of exposure to the virus become unacceptable to me. If I do cancel I will refund the complete cost of the course even if you have taken the online portion.
  • If you wish to only do the online and remote learning the cost is $75. This is a great way to refresh or get a contactless, basic understanding of avalanches .  

Courses on offer:

Three Day AIARE Level 1
This course along with the AIARE one day Rescue Course fulfills the American Mountain Guides Association’s prerequisites for the; Ice Instructor Course, Ice Instructor Exam, and Alpine Guide Course. Maximum size of field days is 5 and Marc Chauvin will be the only instructor.

Prerequisites: You must be able to travel in avalanche terrain (~ 34 to 42 degree snow slope), either on foot, snowshoes or skis, there are no requirements for previous training.
Pre-course material to read through
What is covered here

$450 Weekend Field Days
$400 Weekday Field Days
Price includes the use of Avalanche Rescue Equipment (beacon, shovel, probe) 

Payment due on registration and only refunded minus $75 for those who are ill, test positive for Covid, or have been told to quarantine due to contact with a Covid positive person.

In Person Field Dates:
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December 28-29, 2020———————$400 Full
January 2-3, 2021 —————————$450 Full
January 6-7, 2021 ————————-$450 Full 

January 9-10, 2021 ————————-$450 Full
January 16-17, 2021 ————————$450 Full
January 25-26, 2021 ————————$400 Full
January 30-31, 2021 ————————$450 Full
February 6-7, 2021 ————————-$450 Full
February 8-9, 2021 ————————-$400 Full
February 13-14, 2021 ———————-$450 Full
February 18-19, 2021 ———————-$400 Full
March 6-7, 2021 —————————–$450  Full
March 13-14, 2021 ————————–$450  Full

Online Live Three Hour Class 

All classes run 6-9pm Eastern and Must Be Completed Before the Field Days

Monday January 4, 2021
Tuesday January 5, 2021
Thursday January 14, 2021
Wednesday January 20, 2021
Thursday January 28, 2021
Tuesday February 2, 2021
Thursday February 11, 2021
Monday March 1, 2021

Here is a list of my experience and training, which I feel helps make me a well rounded and experienced avalanche instructor:
  • AIARE Level 3
  • AIARE Level 1 and 2 Instructor Training Course
  • American Mountain Guide Association (AMGA) Ski Mountaineering Guide
  • AMGA Alpine Guide
  • Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) 7 Day Professional Level 1 Course
  • CAA 15 Day Professional Level 2 Course
  • AMGA Instructor/Examiner in the Rock and Alpine Discipline
  • AMGA Alpine Discipline Coordinator, developing curriculum and instructor training for the AMGA Alpine Certification Program
  • Experience ski touring and ski tour guiding in Canada, Europe, California, Utah and Washington
  • Spent 3 summers alpine guiding in Chamonix, France with International and American Clientele

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