“One of the top avalanche courses in America for adventure seekers”
– Curbed Ski Magazine
4-Day Hut Based Program
Our hut based AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course immerses you in avalanche study for four days of intensive learning. This course utilizes our award-winning AIARE 1 curriculum and provides an intimate backcountry learning experience at the beautiful Last Dollar Hut.
The Last Dollar Hut
The course takes place at the Last Dollar Hut on the San Juan Hut System in between Ridgway and Telluride, Colorado. The hut offers exceptional skiing right outside the front door. There are big alpine bowls, skinny chutes, and gladed tree runs. Because the hut capacity is limited to eight people, the terrain around the hut rarely gets skied out and fresh powder lingers for weeks after a storm.
Experienced, Highly Qualified Guides
Our guides have 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 course leaders. Our guides will provide you with a thorough avalanche education that emphasizes safety, learning new skills, and having fun along the way.
Learn More Backcountry Touring Skills
In our hut based course we are able to teach more backcountry touring skills due to the 4-day format and large amount of time that is spent in the field. You will get in-depth instruction in skills such as map reading, tour planning, wilderness navigation, routefinding, AVA and kick turning, tracksetting, and other special tricks for backcountry touring efficiency.