Rec Level 1 Avalanche Course

This is an introductory course on avalanche fundamentals. Learn proper preparations, route selection, and observations in the field. Avalanche staff are certified Silverton Avalanche School instructors and trained by the AMGA as ski guides with intimate knowledge of the San Juans.

Peak Mountain Guides has transitioned to Mountain Trip

$649 per person

  • level 1 avy course digging a pit and taking observations
  • group instruction during a AIARE level 1 avalanche course
  • amazing and engaging terrain in the san juan mountians ouray avy course



Pre-Course: Self-paced online study module (optional)

Day 1

8:30 a.m. Meet at Classroom Location

8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Avalanche Hazard Concepts

  • Introductions
  • Avalanche Triangle: The framework for understanding avalanche hazard
    • Terrain
    • Weather
    • Snowpack
    • Human factors

1-4 p.m. Avalanche Rescue Skills Introduction

  • Pack contents: What to bring into the backcountry
  • Transceiver search techniques
  • Effective probing and pinpoint search skills
  • Individual and group strategic shoveling
  • Full scenario practice

4 p.m. Debrief

Day 2

8:30 a.m. Meet at Classroom Location

9-11 a.m. Backcountry Tour Planning Session

  • Avalanche forecast
  • Weather resources
  • Online mapping tools
  • Field book use

11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Backcountry Field Session

  • Field weather observations
  • Snowpack observations
  • Terrain observations

4 p.m. Debrief

Day 3

8:30 a.m. Meet at Field Location

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Full-Day Backcountry Tour

  • Travel management
  • Field observations
  • Group decision-making

4 p.m. Course Close and Debrief

Please note: Course itineraries are approximate and subject to change due to weather conditions, group abilities, and other elements outside of our control.

Program Dates

Open Enrollment Dates
Dec. 16-18, 2022
Jan. 27-29, 2023
Feb. 3-5, 2023
Feb. 17-19, 2023
March 3-5, 2023
March 10-12, 2023


Read more about Mountain Trip’s avalanche education here.

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Contact Us

Mountain Trip

135 W Colorado Ave 2A | Telluride, C0 81435

Authorized Permittee

Peak Mountain Guides is an authorized permittee of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forest; San Juan National Forest; Bureau of Land Management Monticello, Moab, Gunnison, and Glennallen Field Offices; Eldorado Canyon State Park; Ouray Ice Park, City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks; and National Parks including Mt. Rainier, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and Colorado National Monument. Peak Mountain Guides is an equal opportunity service provider.