AIARE Avalanche Education

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Avalanche Awareness and AIARE Avalanche Education

For any outdoor enthusiast, traveling safely in a winter environment is paramount. These accredited American institutes for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) courses (AIARE Level 1 and AIARE Level 2) provide an introduction and opportunity for developing essential decision-making skills for avalanche hazard management.

Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides offers recreational training courses:

  • AIARE Level 1
  • AIARE Level 2
  • AAIRE Avalanche Rescue Course (aka Companion Rescue)


Our AIARE Level I Courses are designed to fit around a typical workday schedule in order to maximize learning time around everyday life, with two four-hour classroom sessions in our office in Gunbarrel, North Boulder, and two full-day field days in Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest. In addition, we have partnered with Backcountry Access (BCA) to provide our students with the latest and best in avalanche beacons, probes, and shovels, which are available for rent to our students for the duration of the course at no additional charge.

AIARE Level I is meant to teach the fundamentals of avalanche safety including reading terrain, choosing safe ascent and descent routes, mitigating hidden dangers, and learning to locate and rescue a buried companion. Although we love the mountains, sometimes the mountains don’t love us, and we want to be sure that we are providing the best way to find and mitigate dangerous situations.

Weekend Field Days: 

  1. December 2-5, 2021
  2. December 9-12, 2021
  3. December 16-19, 2021
  4. January 6-9, 2022
  5. January 13-16, 2022
  6. January 20-23, 2022
  7. January 27-30, 2022
  8. February 3-6, 2022
  9. February 10-13, 2022
  10. February 17-20, 2022
  11. February 24-27, 2022
  12. March 3-6, 2022
  13. March 10-13, 2022

This course is a combination of Self-Paced learning (4-5 hours), Thursday evening lectures (Zoom- 6-10 pm), and two days outdoors (Saturday and Sunday 7 am- 4 pm).

Mid-Week Field Days:

  1. December 6-8, 2021
  2. December 13-18, 2021
  3. January 10-12, 2021
  4. January 24-26, 2022
  5. February 7-9, 2022
  6. February 14-16, 2022
  7. February 21-23, 2022

This course is a combination of Self-Paced learning (4-5 hours), Monday evening lectures (Zoom- 6-10 pm), and two days outdoors (Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

Rate: $595 per person


The AIARE 2 is a three-day/24-hour course that provides backcountry travelers an opportunity to advance their decision-making skills in more complicated situations such as being a leader within a small travel group, traveling in more complicated terrain, and/or developing a travel plan where resources are scarce.

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds to it the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. Students will describe and discuss weather, snowpack, and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

We are only offering one weekend for AIARE level 2.

Friday January 21st - Sunday January 23rd

Price: $675 per person


AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand-alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills.

This course will be one day (8 hours) from 7 am - 3 pm.

  1. December 10 (Friday), 2021
  2. December 20 (Monday), 2021
  3. January 2 (Sunday), 2022
  4. January 21 (Friday), 2022
  5. February 8 (Friday), 2022

Cost: $235 per person

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