AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course
“One of the top avalanche courses in America for adventure seekers”
Curbed Ski Magazine, January 2015
Award Winning Curriculum Design
Our AIARE Level 1 avalanche course curriculum was ranked “One of the Top Avalanche Courses in America for Adventure Seekers” by Curbed Ski Magazine. We built this award winning program with input from AIARE Instructor Team Members, AMGA Ski Guides, and avalanche course students. As a result, this course provides what students say they want the most: more field time than classroom, more opportunities to perform snowpack tests, and more time spent making decisions on real backcountry ski tours. We have taken these real life requests to create the most hands-on, student centered, and practical AIARE Level 1 avalanche course available today.
Field Time on Every Day of the Course
We have field sessions on Red Mountain Pass in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado on every day of our AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course. This gives you an opportunity to get hands-on practice, in the field, every single day. It also keeps the classroom sessions to a reasonable length so you will be able to absorb and retain the information that is presented. Additionally, the field venues are located just a short drive from the classroom. This minimizes travel time so your course hours are spent learning content and improving your skills.
Experienced, Highly Qualified Instructors
Our avalanche staff has been hand picked for their depth of experience as professionals in the snow and avalanche industry, and for their welcoming, approachable demeanor. They include AIARE Instructor Trainer Team members, AMGA certified ski guides, avalanche forecasters, ski patrollers, and AIARE qualified instructors. It is our goal to provide you with a thorough avalanche education that emphasizes safety, learning new skills, and having fun along the way.
Learn Backcountry Skiing and Snowboarding Skills
This course is an immersive, field based program that covers backcountry skiing and snowboarding skills for travel in and around avalanche terrain. You will learn techniques for up and down transitions, navigation, AVA and kick turning, tracksetting, time planning, powder skiing, and special tricks for touring efficiency.
Most people choose to stay in a hotel or camp at a nearby campground during the course. Because it is the “off season” in Ouray, there are very good economical lodging options. We will send you a list of recommending lodging when you register. The class runs from 8-6 each day with most of the time spent in the field on Red Mountain Pass. Please see the course itinerary below for a detailed outline of each day.
“The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course with Peak Mountain Guides was by far and away the best backcountry professional development course I have ever taken.”