AIARE 1: Split Course

We’re bringing avalanche education to you! Join us for our unique, convenient split course experience in either Boulder or Denver and let us accommodate your work schedule. This course will meet in the classroom for three hours Tuesday and Thursday evenings (in either Denver or Boulder) before reconvening in Estes Park for a weekend in Rocky Mountain National Park.

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Education Course, Colorado

Our instructor team is made of experienced AIARE instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in avalanche terrain, from the Alps to Alaska to right here in Rocky Mountain National Park, one of the country’s premier winter adventure destinations. In addition to classroom work, our course includes field instruction each day to provide a well-rounded education to backcountry decision-making, trip planning, terrain selection, and companion rescue techniques. This course provides essential training for anyone traveling in avalanche terrain and can be taken on backcountry skis, split board, or snowshoes. With a maximum ratio of six students per instructor in a twenty seven-hour course, we exceed AIARE minimum standards to provide the highest level of instruction.

Course Details


10 Things you’ll learn about traveling in avalanche terrain:

  • Types of avalanches and their characteristics
  • How avalanches form and release
  • Primary start-zone factors
  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Ways to spot and avoid common trigger points
  • Trip planning, preparation, and navigation
  • Travel techniques
  • Group decision-making skills
  • Avalanche rescue techniques
  • Weather, terrain, and snowpack considerations


This course can be taken on snowshoes, skis, splitboard, or snowboard. Participants on alpine touring rigs must have experience on their setup prior to taking this course. Snowshoes are available for rent upon request. Students on skis or boards must be comfortable in steep blue to black terrain at the areas.


Tuesday & Thursday: 6pm - 9pm, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00am - 6:00pm


2 Evenings 2 Full Days

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under age 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Price Includes:

  • AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors
  • Student Manual
  • Weather-proof AIARE field book
  • BCA slope meter
  • Use of beacon, shovel and probe
  • AIARE certificate of completion
    *Lodging available for $30/night

Meeting location:

Denver Sessions:
Rab Denver: 1550 Platte St a, Denver, CO 80202

Boulder Sessions:
Spark Boulder: 1310 College Ave #100, Boulder, CO 80302

Estes Park Sessions:
Kind Coffee: 470 E Elkhorn Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517

Equipment List:


With a sixteen-bed lodge available exclusively to Colorado Mountain School students, you can spend your entire weekend in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be book separately for $30/night.  Please call our office for reservations.


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