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Level 1
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Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

On this Avalanche Level 1 course you’ll learn how to make informed decisions in avalanche terrain, with North America’s largest and most experienced avalanche course provider! This course offers 3 action-packed days of professional avalanche training utilizing top notch classroom instruction and hands on field practice. This course was developed to give students the confidence to make informed decisions when traveling through the backcountry. Colorado Mountain School teaches the American Avalanche Institute (AAI) recreational curriculum (in place of the AIARE curriculum). The AAI curriculum is approved by the American Avalanche Association (A3) and sets a new standard for avalanche training in the United States.

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Level 1
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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.

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Level 2
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Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

The Avalanche Safety Development Series is a five-day course that is designed to advance Avalanche education and Mountain Travel Skills. This course combines our Avalanche Level 2 course with our Intro to Ski and Splitboard Mountaineering course. This course is ideal for backcountry users interested in longer tours and backcountry hut trips.

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Level 1
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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.

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Level 2
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Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard

The Avalanche Safety Development Series is a five-day course that is designed to advance Avalanche education and Mountain Travel Skills. This course combines our Avalanche Level 2 course with our Intro to Ski and Splitboard Mountaineering course. This course is ideal for backcountry users interested in longer tours and backcountry hut trips.

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Level 1 with Avalanche Rescue
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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.

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Level 1 with Avalanche Rescue
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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.

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Avalanche Rescue
Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard, Snowshoe

We teach a complete program of curriculum established and developed by the American Avalanche Institute (AAI). The AAI Avalanche Rescue course is a one-day field based course focused on learning, practice and coaching of companion rescue techniques. This course covers rescue fundamentals, survival statistics, survival strategies, and first response tactics. We will take time to demonstrate and then practice transceiver searches, airbag deployment, strategic shoveling, and team rescue response. We will discuss what to carry in the field, recommended training for backcountry travel, and emergency response strategies. This is a great opportunity to learn or hone your avalanche rescue response skills.

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Avalanche Rescue
Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard, Snowshoe

We teach a complete program of curriculum established and developed by the American Avalanche Institute (AAI). The AAI Avalanche Rescue course is a one-day field based course focused on learning, practice and coaching of companion rescue techniques. This course covers rescue fundamentals, survival statistics, survival strategies, and first response tactics. We will take time to demonstrate and then practice transceiver searches, airbag deployment, strategic shoveling, and team rescue response. We will discuss what to carry in the field, recommended training for backcountry travel, and emergency response strategies. This is a great opportunity to learn or hone your avalanche rescue response skills.

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Avalanche Rescue
Estes Park
Northern
Ski, Splitboard, Snowshoe

We teach a complete program of curriculum established and developed by the American Avalanche Institute (AAI). The AAI Avalanche Rescue course is a one-day field based course focused on learning, practice and coaching of companion rescue techniques. This course covers rescue fundamentals, survival statistics, survival strategies, and first response tactics. We will take time to demonstrate and then practice transceiver searches, airbag deployment, strategic shoveling, and team rescue response. We will discuss what to carry in the field, recommended training for backcountry travel, and emergency response strategies. This is a great opportunity to learn or hone your avalanche rescue response skills.