Avalanche Field Review
Avalanche education is something that every winter backcountry enthusiast should stay on top of. If you’ve taken an AIARE level 1 course in the past, we recommend you take our Avalanche Field Review each season. Our AIARE level 1 refresh course is a great way to brush up on your skills.It is also a way to learn up to date information that has changed over the past year. Both AIARE and the American Avalanche Association change the avalanche curriculum frequently.
The day will be spent out in the mountains and is intended to refresh and build upon your knowledge base. Take this course before heading out with your buddies this season. We practice group management techniques and discuss snowpack, terrain, and hazard evaluation. This action-packed course takes place in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park. This is a great review if you want to freshen up on your avalanche skills.
Potential topics include:
- How and where avalanches form and release
- Identifying avalanche terrain
- Types of avalanches and their characteristics
- Ways to spot common trigger points
- Primary start-zone factors
- Trip planning and preparation
- Avalanche rescue
- Decision making in a group situation
- Travel techniques in avalanche terrain
- Safer areas and avalanche avoidance
AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course or equivalent training required. Individuals will need to be on some form of floatation (i.e. AT/Tele setup, splitboard, snowshoes)
Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay 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 booked separately for $40/night for CMS students. Please call our office for reservations.
Although it is beneficial if you are on skis or splitboard, you do not have to be. This is an avalanche education refresher course. You can participate in this course while being on snowshoes.