AIARE Avalanche Classes in Truckee and Lassen National Park

You’ll get more from your AIARE avalanche course with the Outdoor Adventure Club than anywhere else.

Small class sizes. Personalized instruction from passionate instructors. Unparalleled access to your instructor. Exclusive online material created by the OAC. Mentoring after your class.

All AIARE avalanche classes start with the same curriculum, but your learning experience will vary with the course provider and instructor for your class. The benefits of taking your AIARE avalanche class with the Outdoor Adventure Club are easy to see, if you take a look.

AIARE Level 2 avalanche class

This year (2020-21) we’ve made several changes in response to Covid. We have smaller classes. We have adopted a hybrid learning format with self-paced online learning, combined with Zoom calls before having 2 field days. We have created OAC exclusive “mini-courses” with material that supplements the AIARE online material. And we continue to offer networking and mentoring in our OAC AIARE Alumni Facebook Group.

You’ll be in a class with fewer students. Our classes typically have 6 students. Our maximum class size in the winter of 2020-21 will be 8 students, with two instructors. You won’t get lost in the crowd in our avalanche classes. Your questions will be answered. You’ll be able to get clarifications on topics you don’t understand. Your instructor will be able to focus on your needs and your questions.

All OAC AIARE 1 and AIARE 2 classes are led by Richard Bothwell, who has been teaching avalanche classes for over a decade and is passionate about your learning experience. Our primary second instructor is Forrest Barker, an accomplished skier, climber, EMT, and SAR team member, in addition to being a great avalanche instructor.

Our permit zones are in the Truckee Ranger District of the Tahoe National Forest, and the entire Lassen National Park. On our Lassen courses, we focus on terrain easily accessible from the Kohm Yah-mah-nee Visitor Center. We have roughly 10,000 acres or 16 square miles of great ski terrain to choose from!

We also offer custom, private AIARE avalanche courses for you and your group. Contact us for more information.

Get full details and sign up for a course here (Look for more trips and to come.)


The Outdoor Adventure Club also offers hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, hiking and camping, kayaking, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, backountry skiing/boarding, snowshoeing, online courses, and other adventures. Go to our full Event Calendar!