AIARE Level 1 Hut Based | Crested Butte

This course covers all the information in a standard American Institute for Avalanche Education and Research (AIARE) Level 1 Course, but uses a real backcountry ski hut for a classroom! Class sizes are smaller and more intimate in hut-based courses and you have the added advantage of being able to apply your new knowledge immediately . 

The Gothic Hut System in Gothic, Colorado located just outside of Crested Butte is a mellow 4 mile ski from the trail head.


Students will come away from the course having learned: 
  • How to prepare and plan for a backcountry tour 
  • How to analyze an avalanche forecast 
  • How to identify avalanche terrain & avalanche types 
  • How to recognize hazardous conditions 
  • Basic snow pack understanding 
  • Route selection and terrain features 
  • Snowpack tests and interpretation 
  • Educated decision making 
  • Basic rescue techniques 
  • Group management 


  • Inclusions: Hut fees, breakfast, lunch, and dinner while at the hut, AIARE Level 1 Course Manual, AIARE Field Book, AIARE Level 1 certificate upon successful completion of course. 
  • Exclusions: Lunch & snacks, avalanche safety gear, backcountry touring gear.* 

*Avalanche safety gear and backcountry touring set-ups can be rented for an additional fee. 

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