2022 Avalanches Courses

I teach a number of American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Level 1 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. I also only take skiers and boarders with appropriate equipment. My courses access real terrain both field days if the weather allows. You can expect real tours making real decisions.

  • The classroom portion 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.
  • 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. This must be completed before the field days.
  • If you 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.

IMPORTANT: I am requiring everyone that I climb or ski with to be vaccinated for Covid 19. On the registration form there will be a place to upload a picture of your vaccination card.

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 (~ 32 to 42 degree snow slope) and travel two days in a row skinning up to 3 miles and gaining up to 3000 feet each day and skiing down. You will need to use Alpine Touring or Telemark Skis with skins, Splitboard with skins, or Snowboard and Snowshoes. I highly recommend having ski/splitboard knives. There are no requirements for previous training.

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

Payment due on registration and only refunded minus $75 for those who 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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January 8-9, 2022——————$450
January 22-23, 2022—————$450
January 29-30, 2022—————$450
February 5-6, 2022—————–$450
February 7-8, 2022—————–$400
February 12-13, 2022—————$450
February 17-18, 2022—————$400
March 5-6, 2022——————-$450
March 12-13, 2022—————–$450

Online Live Three Hour Class 
All classes run 6-9pm Eastern and Must Be Completed Before the Field Days

Tuesday December 14, 2021
Wednesday December 22, 2021
Thursday, January 6, 2022
Wednesday January 12, 2022
Wednesday January 19, 2022
Thursday January 27, 2022
Tuesday February 1, 2022
Thursday February 3, 2022
Thursday February 10, 2022
Wednesday March 2, 2022


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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