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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)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 one four-hour zoom lecture(Tuesday evening) 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 evening lectures (Zoom- 6-10 pm), and two days outdoors (Saturday and Sunday 7 am- 4 pm).
  1. December 2-3, 2023
  2. December 9-10, 2023
  3. December 16-17, 2023
  4. January 6-7, 2024
  5. Pending: 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

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

Cost: $260 per person


  1. February 2-4, 2024

Cost: $760 per person

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