Avalanche Field Review

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.

AIARE Level 1 Refresh Avalanche Field Review

Course Details

Overview:

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
  • Navigation

Prerequisites:

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)

Time:

8:00am - 4:00pm

Duration:

8 hours

Maximum Ratio:

6:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Price includes & Excludes:

Includes:

  • AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructor/s
  • Digital AIARE Course Manual
  • AIARE Field Book
  • BCA Slope Meter
  • CMS Golf Pencil
  • AIARE Certificate of Completion provided by AIARE
  • Hut Fees
  • Avalanche Equipment
    • Beacon
    • Shovel
    • Probe
    • Snowshoes

Excludes:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Skiing Equipment (Recommend Neptune Mountaineering)
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517

Lodging:

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 and features a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).

Notes:

All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If your group is interested in a custom avalanche training course, please call us at 800-836-4008.