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Avalanche Awareness and AIARE Avalanche Education Courses:

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


Our AIARE Level I Courses are designed to fit around a typical workday schedule in order to maximize learning time around everyday life, with 3 three-hour zoom lectures(Tuesday and Thursday evenings) and two full-day field days (Saturday and Sunday)  in Rocky Mountain National Park. 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:
This course is a combination of Self-Paced learning (4-5 hours), Tuesday and Thursday evening lectures (Zoom- 6-9 pm), and two days outdoors (Saturday and Sunday 7 am- 4 pm).
  1. December 2-3, 2023 - Full
  2. December 9-10, 2023
  3. December 16-17, 2023
  4. January 6-7, 2024
  5. January 13-14, 2024
  6. January 20-21, 2024
  7. January 27-28, 2024
  8. February 10-11, 2024
  9. February 24-25, 2024
  10. March 9-10, 2024

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Rate: $650 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. January 13, 2024
  2. February 17, 2024

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Cost: $260 per person


This 3 day, 24 total hour field course will give you the opportunity to advance your decision making skills in more complicated situations. You'll act as a leader within a small travel group, travel in more complicated terrain, and develop a travel plan where resources are scarce. 

The AIARE Level 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. 

  1. February 16-18, 2024

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Cost: $760 per person

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