Search Results

You can search CAIC's website for forecasts, field reports, blog posts, and information web pages to find current and past weather conditions throughout the state and to learn about avalanche safety in the backcountry.

You can use this page to search for forecasts, web pages, blog posts, and educational content across the CAIC website. To search observations and field reports, visit the Field Reports Table.

Course Details

More Info
Pro 2
-
Frisco
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

This course is the highest level of formal avalanche training in the U.S.. The course is designed for avalanche workers moving into leadership roles within their operations or for experienced workers who desire to continue to develop their risk management leadership skills. The course progresses beyond hazard analysis and moves into avalanche forecasting for different avalanche problems, snow climates and operations. The course will advance the skills for both mitigation-based and avoidance-based avalanche professionals. The tools taught and practiced will apply equally well for ski patrollers, guides, outdoor educators, public avalanche forecasters, and highway program personnel. The course will also address the distinctions between “mitigators” and guides and add tools for both sets to use. Approximately half of the course is classroom based and half is field based. We will travel in the backcountry, in and around avalanche terrain.

Course Details

More Info
Level 1
-
Broome Hut (Berthoud Pass)
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

Take your avalanche education to the next level with our one-of-a-kind hut trips! Our Avalanche Level 1 Hut Trips are based out of various huts throughout Colorado. You’ll spend three days and two nights exploring backcountry terrain on skis, splitboard, or snowshoes with dedicated AAI instructors. Whether you’re new to the backcountry or an experienced veteran, our hut-based avalanche courses give quick access to exciting terrain that will provide a fun atmosphere for learning firsthand. Our team is made of experienced AAI instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in avalanche terrain. This experience comes from the Alps to Alaska to right here in the Front Range of Colorado. Colorado is one of the country’s premier backcountry skiing and splitboarding destinations. With permits and access to multiple huts, we can offer an accessible trip for all ability levels. This Avalanche Level 1 Hut Trip course combines classroom and field instruction, providing your group with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness. This course covers traveling in and around avalanche terrain, while gaining insight into decision-making strategies. This course also covers the human factors involved in avalanches, developing planning and travel techniques, and comprehensive rescue skills. Experience how avalanche beacons work, how to dig and analyze a snow pit, how to use the AAI Backcountry Checklist, and more.

Course Details

More Info
Pro 1
-
Silverton
Southern
Ski, Splitboard, Snowshoe

This course is designed for avalanche workers early in their careers, or for experienced workers wanting to stay current with industry standards. The focus of this course is to prepare students to be contributing members of a risk management team by developing observational skills, as well as communication and rescue skills. During this course, we will focus on developing systems for planning and executing a route, as well as for evaluating snow stability. The goal of this course is to help students become skilled observers who will contribute to a professional team.

Course Details

More Info
Level 1
-
Broome Hut (Berthoud Pass)
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

Take your avalanche education to the next level with our one-of-a-kind hut trips! Our Avalanche Level 1 Hut Trips are based out of various huts throughout Colorado. You’ll spend three days and two nights exploring backcountry terrain on skis, splitboard, or snowshoes with dedicated AAI instructors. Whether you’re new to the backcountry or an experienced veteran, our hut-based avalanche courses give quick access to exciting terrain that will provide a fun atmosphere for learning firsthand. Our team is made of experienced AAI instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in avalanche terrain. This experience comes from the Alps to Alaska to right here in the Front Range of Colorado. Colorado is one of the country’s premier backcountry skiing and splitboarding destinations. With permits and access to multiple huts, we can offer an accessible trip for all ability levels. This Avalanche Level 1 Hut Trip course combines classroom and field instruction, providing your group with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness. This course covers traveling in and around avalanche terrain, while gaining insight into decision-making strategies. This course also covers the human factors involved in avalanches, developing planning and travel techniques, and comprehensive rescue skills. Experience how avalanche beacons work, how to dig and analyze a snow pit, how to use the AAI Backcountry Checklist, and more.

Course Details

More Info
Pro 1
-
Arapahoe Basin
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

This course is designed for avalanche workers early in their careers, or for experienced workers wanting to stay current with industry standards. The focus of this course is to prepare students to be contributing members of a risk management team by developing observational skills, as well as communication and rescue skills. During this course, we will focus on developing systems for planning and executing a route, as well as for evaluating snow stability. The goal of this course is to help students become skilled observers who will contribute to a professional team.

Course Details

More Info
Pro 1
-
Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

This course is designed for avalanche workers early in their careers, or for experienced workers wanting to stay current with industry standards. The focus of this course is to prepare students to be contributing members of a risk management team by developing observational skills, as well as communication and rescue skills. During this course, we will focus on developing systems for planning and executing a route, as well as for evaluating snow stability. The goal of this course is to help students become skilled observers who will contribute to a professional team.

Course Details

More Info
Level 2
-
Telluride
Southern
Ski, Splitboard

Mountain Trip's Level 2 Avalanche Course is a four-day course designed for advanced backcountry skiers and riders with a minimum of two full seasons of touring experience. Meticulously refined based upon feedback from previous course graduates, this capstone experience represents the pinnacle of training for recreationalists in the United States. Students are required to have completed a Level 1 and Avalance Rescue course prior to enrollment.

Course Details

More Info
Level 1 with Avalanche Rescue
-
Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

Fast-track your avalanche safety training with this 5-day course that includes complete Avalanche Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue courses. This course begins with an intro to backcountry skiing/ split-boarding course that will readily prepare you for this comprehensive Avalanche Level 1 progression.