Avalanche Training

Our avalanche training courses are action-packed, combining classroom and field instruction to provide participants with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness and travel skills. For an overview of what course you should take, please see the CMS AIARE Flow Chart.

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

Avalanche Training Learn how to make better decisions in avalanche terrain with the Colorado Mountain School.  We teach a complete program of curriculum established by the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and are the world’s largest and…

AIARE 1: Split Course

Avalanche Education 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 AIARE 1 Avalanche Education course will meet in…

AIARE 1: Hut Trip

Broome Hut AIARE 1 Course Take your avalanche education to the next level with our one-of-a-kind hut trips! This AIARE 1 Hut Trip is based out of the Broome Hut on beautiful Berthoud Pass. You’ll spend three days and two nights…

AIARE Avalanche Rescue

Companion Rescue Training AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the…

AIARE Level 2

The Next Step in Avalanche Education In the past the AIARE 2 was designed to be an entry level professional course. New for 2017, the redesigned AIARE 2 is designed specifically to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who…

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…

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….