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.
Our avalanche training courses are packed with information and action, combining virtual classrooms and tons of field instruction to provide participants with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness and backcountry travel skills.
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Avalanche Level 1$699.00 – $729.00 This field-based Avalanche Level 1 training course provides foundational knowledge for identifying, choosing and safely navigating avalanche terrain, fundamental snowpack assessment, application of public safety bulletins and backcountry checklists to make better decisions while traveling in snow covered mountains.
Avalanche Level 1 Hybrid$699.00 – $749.00 This Avalanche Level 1 Hybrid Course is split up over two 3-hour evening video conferences, and two full days of avalanche training in the field. Students learn foundational knowledge about avalanche terrain and snowpack assessment in order to make better decisions while traveling in snow-covered mountains.
Avalanche Level 1 Hut Trip$1,099.00 – $1,149.00 This 3-day Avalanche Level 1 Hut Trip takes place at various huts throughout Colorado. It combines introductory level avalanche safety training with lots of alpine ski touring - all from the a warm and cozy hut.
Avalanche Rescue$279.00 Avalanche Rescue is a one-day course designed to teach students about the gear, principals, techniques, and processes used in rescuing a companion in an avalanche scenario.
Avalanche Safety Development Series: Level 1$1,149.00 Fast-track your avalanche safety training with this 5-day program that includes complete Avalanche Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue courses. This course begins with an Intro to Backcountry Skiing & Split-boarding course that will prepare you for this comprehensive avalanche training progression.
Avalanche Level 2$729.00 Take the next step in avalanche education. For backcountry users who have completed Avalanche Level 1 and want to go deeper with their snow and avalanche knowledge, expand on information and techniques in this Avalanche Level 2 course for a closer look at snow science, avalanche dynamics and managing complex terrain for longer tours.
Avalanche Level 2 Hut Trip$1,099.00 The Avalanche Level 2 Hut Trips take place at various huts throughout Colorado. Enjoy the luxury of a warm hut and easy access to alpine skiing as you advance your knowledge of snow science, avalanche dynamics and managing complex terrain.
Avalanche Safety Development Series: Level 2$1,249.00 Fast-track your avalanche safety training with this 5-day course that includes a full Avalanche Level 2 course and Intro to Ski & Splitboard Mountaineering.
Avalanche Awareness Online$0.00 This one hour avalanche awareness course gives an introduction to how avalanches happen, what they look like, and how to avoid them.
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Colorado Mountain School Adopts American Avalanche Institute Curriculum In Place of AIARE Course Curriculum
Colorado Mountain School and American Avalanche Institute (AAI) are currently under common ownership. Their curricula, courses, and customer service are fully coordinated as well. With this merger, Colorado Mountain School now teaches AAI avalanche training curriculum instead of AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) curriculum.
The American Avalanche Institute provides one the most successful professional and recreational avalanche training programs in the world. AAI’s recreational and professional level avalanche courses and curricula are fully approved by the American Avalanche Association (A3).
Combining the years of avalanche training expertise at the recreational and professional level allows CMS and AAI to deliver an elite roster of guides and professional avalanche instructors.
The two organizations have spent decades studying and teaching students about avalanches in Colorado, Tetons, Wasatch, and Sawtooth mountains. CMS and AAI combine their strengths to offer a unique program in the avalanche training landscape: