Avalanche Training

Our avalanche courses are action-packed, combining classroom and field instruction to provide participants with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness and travel skills.

Learn how to travel in and around avalanche terrain, gain insight into decision-making strategies, the human factors involved in avalanches, develop critical planning and travel techniques and comprehensive rescue skills. Experience how avalanche beacons work, how to dig and analyze a snow pit, how to use the Decision Making Checklist, and learn many other critical backcountry tools.

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.  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.

What is AIARE?
The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that gathers the latest knowledge, research and ideas in avalanche safety and create avalanche training courses that reflect the needs of today’s backcountry travelers.


AIARE 1: Three Day Course

Learn how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain with the Colorado Mountain School, the world’s largest and most experienced AIARE provider! Our instructor team is made of experienced AIARE instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in…

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…

AIARE 1: Hut Trip

Take your avalanche education to the next level with our one-of-a-kind hut trips! This course is based out of the Broome Hut on beautiful Berthoud Pass. You’ll spend three days and two nights exploring backcountry terrain on skis, splitboard, or snowshoes…

AIARE Level 2

The Next Step in Avalanche Education If you spend anytime in backcountry during the winter months, you really should consider taking our AIARE level 2 course. This course is no longer just for ski patrol or mountain guides. This course…

Avalanche Field Review

AIARE Level 1 Refresh 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…

Avalanche Awareness Clinic

AIARE skills presentation Every year, avalanches are one of the leading causes of death among backcountry enthusiasts. Our home turf, Colorado, consistently leads the nation in avalanche fatalities. If you plan on spending time in high, snowy country, be prepared….