Introducing the Future of Avalanche Training…


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The Snow Pack membership is a combination of tried and true field work, and cutting-edge online tools and resources, bringing you more convenience, more education and more community. As soon as you register for any AIARE 1 or AIARE 2 course, you’ll gain access to our online membership site, chock full of educational content and special opportunities.

Here’s what you can expect from the Snow Pack structure when you take your AIARE 1 or AIARE 2 avalanche training with Colorado Mountain School:

AIARE Coursework

AIARE avalanche training courses are action-packed, combining online coursework and tons of field instruction to provide participants with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness and backcountry travel skills.


We’ve moved the entire AIARE 1 indoor classroom time to an online platform where you can watch videos of our instructors, read case studies, take quizzes and much more–all at your own pace. Because of the heavier focus on application and observations, AIARE 2 courses will be fully taught in the field and will not have online classroom work.

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Finish Your AIARE Course in the Field

After finishing your online prep, you’ll complete your course in the mountains, where physical distancing is part of the fun.

AIARE 1 "Split" courses meet for 2 video meetings on the Monday and Wednesday evenings preceding the field days. AIARE 1 Three-Day courses meet for one day in the classroom followed by 2 full days in the field. AIARE hut-based courses and AIARE 2 courses will consist of 3 full days in the field.

Exclusive Learning Opportunities

Your AIARE course is just one piece of the avalanche awareness puzzle. We’re excited to offer new opportunities for students to go beyond the curriculum and learn more from our professional mountain guides.

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Monthly Mentorship Sessions

Join optional virtual mentorship sessions to get your questions answered from professional mountain guides / AIARE instructors.

A group of skiers boot packing up the Dragon Tail Couloir above Emerald Lake RMNP

Special-Topic Webinars

Our guides will go beyond AIARE curriculum and share personal stories and insight from the backcountry.

Live webinars will later be uploaded to our membership site so students can have access all season long.

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Members-Only Video Library

Get immediate access to dozens of tech tip videos, with more being added throughout the season.

Student Perks

As a part of the Colorado Mountain School avalanche training community, you’ll get access to special perks this season.

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Private Community Groups

Access our private Facebook forum to meet current AIARE students, engage in discussion and more.

Once you graduate, you’ll be eligible to join the Colorado Backcountry Ski/Ride Partner Finder group to meet other AIARE 1 graduates.


Season Membership to CAIC

A Trailhead Membership to the Friends of CAIC, on us for the 2020/21 season (valued at $35).

Students will receive a membership card at the start of their course and gain access to gear deals, statewide snowpack updates and more.

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RMNP Conditions Beta

Conditions reports from our guides, localized avalanche and weather forecasts, and more, all in one spot.

Mountain Guide Mia demonstrating avalanche terrain I the backcountry

Deals for Students

Special offers for AIARE 1 and AIARE 2 students on Colorado Mountain School adventures.

Want to access to all these student perks and get a world-class avalanche training experience? Sign up for any AIARE 1 or AIARE 2 course with Colorado Mountain School.

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