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CMS guide Norie Kizaki teaching a rock climbing course with Colorado Mountain Scool
Guiding Life

Parenthood and Mountain Guiding

Meet Norie Kizaki: Guide and New Mother Mountain guide, sponsored athlete and mother. Hear how Colorado Mountain School guide Norie Kizaki approaches motherhood, pregnancy and professional mountain guiding in this

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

12 Pro Tips for Backcountry Travel

Our AIARE Level 1 avalanche training course is a great introduction to backcountry travel and avalanche risk mitigation. But it’s just that, an introduction. Heck, people have Ph.D.’s in snow

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Avalanche Training

The Case for Taking an Avalanche Course

Guide Interview with TransWorld Snowboarding Is an avalanche course right for you?  TransWorld Snowboarding interviewed two of our guides to answer that very question.  Head on over to TransWorld Snowboarding

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SCARPA ski boot review from Colorado Mountain School guide Jake Gaventa
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Guide Gear Review: SCARPA Ski Boots

Disclaimer: If you’re hunting for the number of grams or degrees of articulation in a SCARPA ski boot review, this article isn’t for you. If you care about how ski

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CMS guide Jason Maurer looks at the RMNP conditions in the Dream Chutes zone.
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Reports From the Field: 1/10/18

Rocky Mountain National Park Conditions CMS Avalanche Course Leader and Guide Thomas White reports the field conditions from 1/09/2018 – 1/10/2018. The storm that moved into RMNP on Wednesday, January

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Berthoud Pass Field Report: 1/3/2018

Christmas week brought a series of nice gifts for backcountry travellers. Storms on the 21st, 23rd and Christmas day provided 30-36 inches of holiday wrapping. Unfortunately, subsequent winds tore through

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

RMNP Field Report: 12/23/17

One of the student questions that comes up regularly in AIARE-1 courses is whether it’s safe to go into the backcountry on days when the avalanche danger is elevated. Saturday

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Avalanche Rescue training.
Avalanche Training

AIARE Pro-Rec Split

The American Avalanche Association together with avalanche educators has revised the guidelines for safety training in the USA. Beginning with the 2017-18 season there will be different course progressions for

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Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

Field Report (November 22, 2017)

It’s important to know the history of the layered mountain snowpack if we want to understand the avalanche problems that threaten us and recognize the ever changing danger we face

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Avalanche Airbag blog post.
Avalanche Training

Avalanche Airbags

The avalanche airbag pack may be the most effective piece of safety equipment developed in the last 25 years. In our AIARE 1 and AIARE Avalanche Rescue we focus on

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Rocky Mountain National Park Conditions Update November 11, 2017
Backcountry Skiing & Splitboarding

RMNP Field Report: November 11, 2017

During October the Front range zone got snow from a series of small storms. However, as last week’s Election Day storm began moving across the Front Range most of the

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Avalanche Training

Avalanche Beacon Check

Each year before the season starts I grab all of my beacons, insert a fresh set of batteries in each beacon and head to a nearby park. At the park

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