2015/2016 Avalanche Education Schedule

By: Kelly Graff


For the 2015-2016 season we’ll be offering a variety of class dates that make it easy to find a course to fit your schedule. Below is a brief description of the courses we offer plus links to more information and online registration. 

Level 1 Prep 

Perfect for the student who is new to winter backcountry travel and is seeking the basics of avalanche hazard management, but who might not necessarily require an official AIARE Level 1 course certification. The curriculum uses key lessons from the Level I course, but with more focus on field-based learning and slightly less classroom time. Basics of avalanche hazard management will be covered, as well as more foundation skills such as: skinning techniques, winter travel planning, backcountry gear familiarity, basic backcountry skiing & riding techniques and skills, emergency preparedness, and more. This course will build a great foundation for students planning to continue on with additional avalanche education/certification in the future. Four sessions offered with a maximum of a 5:1 student to instructor ratio. 

Course Cost: $300 
Level 1 Prep Course Dates:
Dec 19-20, 2015 (Sat & Sun) 
Jan 16-17, 2016 (Sat & Sun) 
Feb 13-14, 2016 (Sat & Sun) 

Click here for more information on our Level 1 Prep courses. 
Click here to register for a Level 1 Prep course now. 

Level I 

This course is a 3-day, 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. You will be presented with the basics of how to recognize avalanche hazards, how to manage them, how to minimize them, and finally how to respond in case of an emergency. During this course you’ll analyze an avalanche forecast, identify avalanche terrain and avalanche types, learn basic rescue techniques, gain an understanding of basic snow pack properties, learn the basics of route selection/terrain features, and more. Five sessions will be offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 12 students. 

Course Cost: $365 
Level 1 Course Dates:
Dec 11-13, 2015 (Fri-Sun) 
Dec 29-31, 2015 (Tue-Thu) 
Jan 8-10, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 
Jan 29-31, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 
Feb 26-28, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 
Mar 11-13, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 

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Click here to register for a Level 1 course now. 

Level I Hut 

Our Hut-Based Level 1 Course gives you the opportunity to put your new found knowledge into practice immediately. The curriculum mirrors that of the Level I course, but takes place in a backcountry ski hut, located just outside of Crested Butte. Hut-based courses allow students to completely immerse themselves in the course curriculum due to the unique environment. Breakfast and dinner are provided during the 3-day course. Five sessions are offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 6 students. 

Course Cost: $575 
Level 1 Hut Based Course Dates: 
Jan 1-3, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 
Jan 15-17, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 
Jan 29-31, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 
Feb 12-14, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 
Mar 4-6, 2016 (Fri-Sun) 

Click here for more information on our Hut-Based Level 1 course. 
Click here to register for a Hut-Based Level 1 course now. 

Level II 

The Level 2 course dives deeper into the principles and techniques of Level I, but with a strong focus on snow science. This 4-day course is great for anyone looking to become a backcountry guide or for the advanced backcountry enthusiast. We’ll explore the snow metamorphism process and how it relates to backcountry snow stability, weak layer formation in the snow pack, temperature gradient and its effects on snow, standardized observations and recordings for weather, avalanche activity, and snowpack, practice advanced rescue techniques, and more. Three sessions offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 12 students. 

Course Cost: $500 
Level II Course Dates: 
Dec 17-20, 2015 (Thu-Sun) 
Jan 21-24, 2016 (Thu-Sun) 
Feb 18-21, 2016 (Thu-Sun) 

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Click here to register for a Level 2 course now. 

Avalanche Refresher 

Already taken a Level 1 avalanche course, but feeling a bit rusty on your skills? Take our 1-day Refresher course to brush up before re-entering the backcountry. We’ll spend the entire day out in the field, focusing on terrain recognition, travel techniques, decision-making, and a mock rescue scenario. This course is also a great a way to stay up-to-date on the latest industry news, equipment, tests and techniques. Four sessions offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 12 students. 

Course Cost: $125 
Refresher Course Dates: 
Dec 26, 2015 (Sat) 
Jan 23, 2016 (Sat) 
Feb 21, 2016 (Sat) 

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Click here to register for an Avalanche Refresher course now.

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