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I was wondering if anyone could tell me about the differences between these two classes. I've always thought of Aiare 1 as being the industry standard for learning avalanche fundamentals and its what guiding companies require upon hiring new employees. Do companies look at the NSP 1 as the same thing? and would I be missing out on any important content by taking an NSP class as opposed to the Aiare 1?

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The American Avalanche Association is the over-arching organization that has set the standards for avalanche education. Both the AIARE 1 and the NSP 1 meet those standards.


If you ski primarily backcountry, take the AIARE course. If you are active in your NSP or spend 50/50 in bounds, then take the NSP course.

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