Industry Press Release

Big Changes at the Leading Avalanche Education Organization in the US


Denver, CO (November 17,2014) — The largest avalanche education organization in the US, the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), welcomes a new Executive Director, Tim Bennet. Bennet replaces the former ED, Brian Lazar, and former Operations Director, Tom Murphy. Lazar and Murphy will shift to the newly formed AIARE Board of Directors effective immediately.

Bennet comes from a diverse background, including a long stint at the Denver area Boy Scouts of America. For the time being, Bennett will roll both positions into his own.  “When I had the opportunity to join AIARE, I saw a fantastic chance to blend my personal passion for skiing and safe, outdoor adventure with my skills in non-profit management.” Bennet said. “Tom and Brian laid a solid foundation establishing AIARE as the industry leader and I’m excited to build on their success to expand our reach and resources in order to further our mission of saving lives through avalanche education.”

Lazar and Murphy worked together closely since AIARE’s inception in 1998. “It’s been an amazing 15 years being involved with AIARE,” Murphy said, “It’s been a great chapter in my life and I’m looking forward to the next. I’m stepping away at a time when AIARE is stronger than ever, with an awesome team in place to take us to the next level. I chalk up the success of AIARE to surrounding the organization with talented, progressive-thinking individuals. I thank everyone for the support they’ve given me and AIARE over all these years — it couldn’t have happened without you.”

Lazar, who is the Deputy Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, says, “It’s been an amazing experience helping AIARE grow from infancy through childhood, and watching it enter ’young adulthood.’ It’s been an honor to work with so many talented and passionate people these many years, and I look forward to all the great things that are coming down the pike. AIARE is a respected organization on solid financial footing, and will continue innovating the tools and methods used to reach the ever-growing masses heading into the backcountry. The success of AIARE directly reflects the contributions so many talented people made. Thanks to all of them.”

AIARE develops and disseminates avalanche course materials to avalanche educators in the United States, South America and Europe. There are over 95 AIARE course providers and 300 instructors representing AIARE internationally. AIARE gather’s the latest knowledge, research and ideas in avalanche safety to create avalanche training courses that reflect the needs of today’s backcountry travelers.

AIARE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization. For more information contact Tim Bennet at 303-817-7378 or