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Moto/Hybrid AIARE 1

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Motorized/Hybrid AIARE 1 Colorado

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Do you own a snowmobile and love getting after it? Do you find yourself deep in the backcountry pushing the limits of your skiing or snowboarding via motorized and touring hybrid access and are looking for a motorized access avalanche training course?

Empowering you to “Send It” further and safer in the Colorado backcountry, CAG has partnered with Powder Pro Lab to offer unique hybrid and motorized educational experiences for all levels (from beginners, to athletes and aspiring professionals).

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Moto/Hybrid AIARE 1 Avalanche Safety


Join Powder Pro Labs for a motorized/hybrid access AIARE 1 avalanche course. The course and curriculum will be delivered as a hybrid motorized/touring access model that will expand upon the learning outcomes as they relate to the various modes of travel. Utilizing additional key takeaways that are categorized for mechanized and non-mechanized, this format will aid in discussions and exercises that relate to specific learning outcomes for planning and traveling through avalanche terrain on both machines and human-powered equipment as a group.

Develop skills in group planning, creating achievable objectives and the fundamentals of accessing your favorite skiing or snowboarding lines and areas with the use of motorized equipment. Learn the components of ascending & descending with the facilitation of a snowmobile. Learn how to move your group and machines through the terrain with established trip plans that include moto specific areas, ski/ splitboard routes, designated safe zones for group check-ins and emergency situations.

This course is run and operated through Powder Pro Lab. Powder Pro Lab is an equal opportunity service provider operating by Special Use Permit in the San Isabel National Forest.

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What You'll Learn

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Efficient use of beacon/shovel/probe
Pre-trip equipment check including snowmobile and touring gear
Survival gear checklist


Understanding a mountain snowpack
Reading and understanding the avalanche forecast
Classifications of avalanches
Characteristics of different types of avalanches

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Trip Preparation

Basics of route selection and terrain management as it pertains to both motorized and human powered travel
Trip planning and preparation
Rescue and emergency preparation
Group management in the mechanized and human powered environment


Recognizing hazardous conditions
Managing risk and decision making
Human factors and influence
Companion rescue techniques

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Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain Program

With decades of combined experience, PPL’s mission is founded in providing the outdoor community with training and equipment to recreate safely and responsibly in the backcountry and alpine terrain. Based out of their outdoor education facility located in downtown Leadville, Colorado, PPL is equipped to offer classroom instruction and motorized guided experiential learning in the surrounding High Rockies of the San Isabel National Forest.

PPL has designed the perfect course for avalanche training specific to your needs as a sledder and shredder. Powder Pro Lab has brought its motorized expertise to the table in this rare opportunity to learn from the long standing avalanche pros at CAG and progress your motorized skills, knowledge and terrain management. Join us this winter for a Hybrid Access AIARE course, get certified with your snowmobile and touring skis/splitboards as we direct focus to this rising sport!

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Moto/Hybrid AIARE Level 1 Course Sample Outline


E-Learning materials and Student Manual for AIARE Level 1 are sent one month prior to course

Day 1
Classroom Sessions

Day 1 will be split into 2 evening Zoom Based Classroom Sessions 6:00pm–9:00pm for Feb course and will be a full-day in-person classroom on March course

Day 2
Field Session

7:30am – 3:30pm : Companion Rescue and Making Relevant Observations.

Day 3
Field Application

7:30am – 4:00pm : Student Led Tour and Course Close

AIARE 1 General Info

Course Duration

3 days (24+ hrs)

2023/2024 Season Dates

2023/2024 Course dates as follows; 

  • Feb 27th-28th with two evening Zoom sessions on Feb 20th/21st
  • Mar 22nd-24th with full day in-person classroom on Mar 22nd


Student:Instructor Ratio

6 Students:1 Instructor


Powder Pro Labs HQ 

115 Elm St.
Leadville, CO 80461

Required Equipment

Avalanche Beacon

Avalanche Probe

Avalanche Shovel

Medium sized backpack (approx. 30L+)


Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark Skis, or Splitboard

Climbing Skins (must be properly fitted)



Recommended Clothing

Hard or softshell pants

Synthetic or merino wool base layer

Softshell jacket (optional)

Down or synthetic insulated jacket

Hardshell or water/wind resistant jacket

Light gloves for uphill travel

Warm gloves

Brimmed hat or visor


Neck gaitor or buff

Rental Gear

Backcountry gear necessary for AIARE Level 1 can be rented directly from Colorado Adventure Guides at our Silvethorne, CO Basecamp. Please visit our rentals page or contact us for details.


All students in this hybrid/motorized access course must have their own snowmobile and touring equipment and be competent in the use of both modes of travel.

Price Includes
  • Local AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors
  • 24-hour course with a 6:1 maximum instructor to student ratio
  • Student manual and weather-proof AIARE field book
  • Use of beacon, shovel and probe (if needed)
Price Does Not Include
  • Air­fare
  • Accommodations
  • Trans­porta­tion to and from designated meeting place
  • Food
  • Clothing and gear (see FAQ for recommendations)
  • Guide gra­tu­ities
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)
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