Overview:

Ski or Splitboard ONLY for the Lindley Hut Trip

Take your avalanche education to the next level with our one-of-a-kind hut trips! Our AIARE 1 Hut Trips are 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 with dedicated AIARE instructors. Whether you’re new to the backcountry or an experienced veteran, Berthoud Pass has fun and exciting terrain that will provide a fun atmosphere for learning firsthand.

Our team is made of experienced AIARE instructors and professional mountain guides with decades of experience in avalanche terrain. This experience comes from the Alps to Alaska to right here in the Front Range of Colorado. Colorado is one of the country’s premier backcountry skiing and splitboarding destinations. The Broome Hut sits just a mile from the trailhead near Berthoud Pass. This allows for an accessible trip for all ability levels. This AIARE 1 Hut Trip course combines classroom and field instruction, providing your group with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness. This course covers traveling in and around avalanche terrain, while gaining insight into decision-making strategies. This course also covers the human factors involved in avalanches, developing 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 more.

Prerequisites:

This course can be taken on snowshoes, skis, splitboard, or snowboard. Participants on alpine touring rigs must have experience on their setup prior to taking this course. Snowshoes are available for rent upon request. Students on skis or boards must be comfortable in steep blue to black terrain at the areas.

Time:

8am-5pm

Duration:

3 Days

Maximum Ratio:

6:1

Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under 18

Meeting location:

Berthoud Pass Warming Hut or a designated meeting location for the Lindley Hut Course (in partnership with Aspen Alpine Guides).

Details:

Why our AIARE Courses Are Worth It!:

  • Colorado Mountain School is the country’s largest AIARE Provider for a reason
  • Our Instructors are educators, not just minimally qualified instructors
  • We spend the majority of the course in the mountains, not inside
  • We provide valuable pre-course material to help you prepare
  • Our Instructors are career guides, with decades of personal experience
  • Our Instructors are AMGA Ski Guide trained or Certified
  • We have a full-time office staff to answer all of your questions
  • We supply our students with their own slope meter
  • Variety of course offerings to meet our guests scheduling needs. Huts (Berthoud), Splits, CMS, Level 2’s
  • Get avalanche training in the ski venue you ski in locally
  • Fully sponsored by industry leaders Dynafit, Scarpa, Backcountry Access
  • Full snow safety rental fleet
  • Neptune ski shop support with rentals of ski equipment

Lodging:

Two nights of lodging at Broome Hut, Peter Estin Hut, or the Lindley Hut included.

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.

At the end of the AIARE 1 course the student should be able to:

  • Develop a plan for travel in avalanche terrain.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify avalanche terrain.
  • Effectively use the AIARE Decision Making Framework to make terrain choices in a group setting
  • Demonstrate effective companion rescue.

10 Things you’ll learn about traveling in avalanche terrain:

  • Types of avalanches and their characteristics
  • How avalanches form and release
  • Primary start-zone factors
  • Identifying avalanche terrain
  • Ways to spot and avoid common trigger points
  • Trip planning, preparation, and navigation
  • Travel techniques
  • Group decision-making skills
  • Avalanche rescue techniques
  • Weather, terrain, and snowpack considerations

Day 1

7:45 – Meet and Greet (Berthoud Pass Warming Hut) Different for Lindley Hut Trip

  • Waivers (Grand Hut, CMS)
  • Equipment rentals
  • Gear checks (boots, puffy, food, avalanche equipment)

8:15 – Transition to Second Creek Trailhead

8:45 – Hut Approach & Beacon Check

10:00 – Hut Orientation

10:15 – Introduction

  • CMS (who we are and what we do)
  • AIARE (who they are and what they do)
  • Course overview (daily schedule, course goals)
  • Course logistics
  • Student manual, field book, pencil
  • Risk management (explain waiver, specific hazards; mitigation
    strategies – everyone is a risk manager)
  • Intros (name, where from; living, goals for course, backcountry experience)

11:15 – Intro to Companion Rescue

  • Beacon Wear & Care
  • Pack contents and How to Pack a backpack
  • Group Split, What to wear, Field Books accessible

11:35 – Lunch Break

12:00 – Companion Rescue

  • Function check, range check, flux lines demo, rescue demo, digging
    (strategic shoveling, v-dig, conveyor belt)
  • Rescue practice
  • Travel wisely techniques

3:00 – The Mountain Snowpack: Formation of Layers

3:20 – Human Factors, DMF; Case Study

  • Intro to Human Factors (as reason for DMF)
  • DMF
  • Case Study

4:45 – Debrief & Course Close

Day 2

8:00 – Overview of Upcoming Day; Review of Previous Day

8:10 – Avalanche Types, Character, and Problems

  • Types; Characters
  • Define Problems along with typical problem traits (i.e. spatial
    distribution, surface vs. deep, consequence/size, directly related
    weather/season, trigger types, etc.)
  • R scale; D scale
  • Avalanche Motions

9:10 – Avalanche Terrain

  • SEATTL acronym: Slope, Elevation, Aspect, Trigger
    points, Terrain traps, Location within range
  • Move outside to identify SEATTL components in the field
  • Choose terrain exercise

10:00 – Avalanche Forecast & Online Observations

  • Introduce CAIC; online Wx resources
  • Fill out field books

10:10 – Field Observations

  • How to make observations in the field: Avalanches, Weather, Snowpack
  • Critical Red Flag Observations
  • Pre-draw Pit Profile graphs in Field Book for stratigraphy
  • Field Wx obs

10:40 – Field Obs Tour; Intro to Snow Pits

  • Weather observations
  • Hand shear
  • Snow pit: layer identification, hand hardness, CT, shovel tilt, shovel
    tap (burp baby), point out a facet, point out a round, fracture character
    & shear quality for CTs. Rutschblock test.
  • Graph stratigraphy when identifying layers and hand hardness
  • Travel wisely techniques

4:00 – Share Observations; Review; Q&A

  • Share Obs: Avalanche, Weather, Snowpack; Stratigraphy
  • Why do we dig pits

4:25 – Human Factors Case Study

  • Introduction to heuristics / facets
  • Brainstorm strategies to combat human factors

4:55 – Debrief & Course Close

Day 3

8:00 – Plan

  • Describe the steps of planning a tour (online obs, group goals,
    choose destination, create run list/tour plan, emergency response)

8:30 – Field Group Planning

  • Field group planning session
  • Maps

9:15 – Transition

  • Pack personal gear; stash in building
  • Hut Clean-up

10:00 – Student-Led Ski Tour

  • Students lead the day – out in front, setting pace, making
    navigation decisions
  • Goals for the day: group leadership, pacing practice, group
    communication in circles, field observations, pits, companion rescue,
    identifying avalanche terrain, choosing terrain and practicing travel
    wisely techniques, navigation skills, self-care
  • Choose terrain and travel wisely: students practice what
    they’ve been shown, and show more when appropriate (1 at a time,
    spread out, safe zone to safe zone, buddies in the trees, 5 second gaps,
    spotters, stacking tracks, avoiding trigger points)
  • Companion Rescue practice
  • Debrief the day back at the hut.

3:00 – Course Debrief (at hut)

  • Next steps: where to go from here?
  • Getting out there – what can you do on your own? What do you need a
    more skilled partner for? What skills should a mentor have?
  • Resources: Mountain Hub, BCA website, CMS, CAIC, Front Range Ski
    Mo, NOLS/WMI

3:40 – Transition (Hut to Trailhead)

  • Pack up
  • Ski to trailhead
  • Check in rental gear

4:45 – Debrief & Course Close

Price Includes:

Price Excludes:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Skiing Equipment (Recommend Neptune Mountaineering)
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Misc. Charges
    • Rescue Fees
    • Helicopter Fees
    • Trip Insurance
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School
Item Description Quantity Example Purchase At Rent At Equipment Type
Avalanche Beacon

Modern, digital, three-antennae beacon with fresh batteries.

1

BCA Tracker 2 or 3

 

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Avalanche Probe

Collapsable metal or carbon rod used to probe avalanche debris while attempting to strike a buried target.

1

BCA Stealth 300

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Avalanche Rescue Shovel

Ski specific shovel used to dig pits and avalanche rescue. A metal blade is mandatory.

1

BCA B1 Ext

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Backpack: 20-40 liter

Packs smaller than this tend not to be able to carry the necessary amount of equipment and clothing. Large backpacking packs are acceptable, depending on the climb.

1

CAMP M3 30L

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Backpack: 45-65 liter

The approach to the hut will be more than 1 hour uphill. Everything you will be carrying should fit inside the pack.

1

CAMP M

5 50L

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Baselayer Bottoms

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Lightweight or mid-weight are recommended.

1

Men: Rab Merino 120 Pants
Women: Rab Merino 120 Pants

Rab Mountaineering

Clothing
Beanie/Fleece Hat

Should cover the ears and fit under a helmet. Hats with fluff balls on top do not fit under helmets.

1

Rab Logo Beanie

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Bowl, mug, fork/spoon

Personal utensils

1

Sea to Summit Delta Camp Set

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Climbing Skins

Nylon or mohair. Trimmed/adjusted to fit your skis/splitboard ahead of time.

1

Dynafit Speedskin

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Compass

Used for navigation and orientation. A compass with adjustable declination is preferrable.

1

Silva Ranger CLQ

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Ear Plugs

Sometimes fellow campers snore. Ear plugs may help you get quality rest.

1

Foam ear plugs

Optional
First Aid Kit

Your guide will have an emergency First Aid Kit. You should bring a small kit including blister prevention and care products such as a role of athletic tape and Moleskin. Your kit should also contain a few Band-aids, some Tylenol and Ibuprofen.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Food

Proper lunches that are prepared ahead of time are recommended (sandwich, burrito, leftover pizza, etc), along with an assortment of snack bars, gels, and/or trail mixes. Feeze-dried meals are acceptable on overnight trips, but not day trips.

1

Made in Nature, Thrive Tribe

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Goggles

Protect your eyes and face from wind and sun burn.

1

Julbo Atlas

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Hardshell Pants

These should be non-insulated pants with ankle cuffs wide enough to fit over your ski/ride boots.

1

Men: Rab Sharp Edge Pants
Women: Rab Women's Sharp Edge Pants

Rab Stores

Clothing
Headlamp

Load with fresh batteries. Critical for hiking before sunrise and great to have in the pack in case you are caught out after dark.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Heavyweight Waterproof Glove

This glove comes out when the winter going gets cold and wet or at higher altitudes.

1

RAB Alliance

Rab Store

Clothing
Hot Drinks

Coffee, tea, hot cocoa are great for warming up when it's cold outside.

1

Cusa Tea; Alpine Start Coffee

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Hut Shoes

Having a slipper, bootie, or Croc to walk around in while inside the hut keeps your socks dry and your feet warmer and more comfortable.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Lightweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Worn against the skin and is considered a "wicking" layer that facilitates the movement of moisture away from the skin and through the layers. Hooded base layers add extra versatility.

2

Men: Rab Merino 120 Long Sleeve
Women: Rab Merino 120 Long Sleeve

Rab Store

Clothing
Lightweight Gloves

Synthetic; Thin gloves used when hiking the early morning approach. Belay gloves can suffice if full-fingered.

1

RAB Power Stretch Pro

Rab Store

Clothing
Lip ScreenSPF 15 or higher.

Non-SPF rated lip balms can actually increase your chances of getting burned.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen Lip Balm

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Mechanical Pencil

Great for taking notes in the field.

1 Optional
Midweight Baselayer Top

Synthetic or Merino Wool; Adds extra warmth and protection from the cold and wind without creating a moisture barrier as a jacket would. Having at least one base layer that is hooded adds versatility, protecting the neck and ears from cold winds.

1

Men: Rab Merino 160 Hoody
Women: Rab Flux Pull-On

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Midweight Softshell Glove

This is the workhorse glove and is most often worn on warmer days when mountaineering. Softshell gloves are water-resistant and durable. They often have leather palms and fingers.

1

RAB Guide

Rab Store

Clothing
Neck Gaiter

"Buffs" are quite versatile in their uses. They can be used as light beanies, neck warmers, and can offer face protection from the cold wind or sun.

1

CMS Neck Gaiter

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Pajamas

It can be nice to have something clean to change into each night for sleeping in your sleeping bag.

1 Clothing
Personal Care Items

Medications, glasses/contacts, feminine products, etc.

1 Optional
Personal Toilet Kit

At minimum, bring a small Ziploc with toilet paper. Consider bringing a travel sized package of hand-wipes. Idealy, purchase, or for free from the RMNP Backcountry office, bring a "Rest Stop." The Rest Stop, known as "Blue Bags" in the Pacific Northwest, or the "Wag Bag" in other areas, are poop-in-a-bag systems that include toilet paper and a sanitizing hand wipe.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Ski Helmet

This item is recommended but not required. We will be skiing in the trees, and in snow conditions where rocks, stumps, and downded logs are present.

1

Camp Speed Comp

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ski or Trekking Poles

Two poles, with powder baskets, are required for all skiers, splitboarders, and snowshoers. It is ideal if poles are ski-specific and collapse small enough to fit onto a pack when climbing.

1

BCA Scepter

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School; Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Ski Straps

18" Rubber or velcro straps to connect skis when attaching them to a pack. Also useful for a variety of in-the-field equipment repairs.

2

BCA Ski Strap

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Ski/Snowboard Boots

Footwear should be appropriate to mode of travel i.e. ski, snowboard, or insulated winter boots for snowshoes. For snowshoers, a boot such as the Scarpa Mont Blanc is the minimum level of boot required. Ski Boots should have a walk mode.

1

Scarpa Maestrale RS

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Skis/Snowboard

Skis should have touring bindings; lightweight tech bindings are ideal. Splitboards are ideal for snowboarders. Snowboarders using resort snowboards will need to have snowshoes and poles.

1

Dynafit Beast 98; Dynafit ST Radical 100

Neptune Mountaineering

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Sleeping Bag (10° to 35°)

Down or synthetic sleeping bag is acceptible.

1

Rab Ignition 5

Rab Store

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Smart Phone App

There are a plethora of apps that assist in navigation. These apps use your phone's GPS functions and can work in the mountains offline.

1

Avanet; Gaia Maps; Topo Maps

Optional
Smartphone

Great for taking photos and videos. Smartphone batteries tend to shut down in freezing temps - keep your phone in a warm inner layer. A tether is ideal in the mountains to protet against dropping your phone.

1 Optional
Snow Saw

For cutting columns during snowpack analysis

1

BCA 35cm Snow  Saw

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Snowshoes

Great for walking over snow. Snowshoes work by distributing the weight of the person over a larger area so that the foot does not sink (posthole) into the snow.

1

MSR

Neptune Mountaineering

Colorado Mountain School

Equipment
Softshell/Fleece Jacket

Water-resistant, windproof, yet it "breaths," which means it allows moisture to move through. Hoods are ideal. There are multiple thicknesses of Softshell jackets. A lightweight or medium-weight jacket is preferred. Fleece jackets are acceptable.

1

Men: Rab Alpha Direct
Women: Rab Alpha Direct

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sports Bra

Provides support and allows for full range of motion

1

North Face Beyond the Wall

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sun Hat

A billed hat to keep the sun at bay during the approach and descent.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Sunglasses

"Wrap-Around" style sunglasses with 100% UV Protection.

1

Julbo Shield

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
SunscreenSPF 30 or higher.

Travel size.

1

Rocky Mountain Sunscreen SPF 50

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Synthetic or Down Puffy Jacket

Fits over all other layers and is worn at breaks and on really cold days. Synthetic puffies are more durable, are easily laundered, and dry out quickly if wet. Down puffies are lighter weight, pack smaller, and provide exceptional warmth, but once wet, they stay wet.

1

Men: Rab Zero G
Women: Rab Electron

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Synthetic/Merino Wool Socks

Wool/Synthetic blends are great for long days on the trail. "Ski" and "Snowboard" socks are especially useful when warmth is desired.

2

Point 6 Hiking Light Crew

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing
Thermos

Many ice climbers prefer to bring a thermos of hot water or soup instead of one of their water bottles.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Toe Warmers/hand Heaters

Help keep you warm on particularly cold days.

1

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Toiletries

Bring enough for the trip. Toothpaste & brush, floss, deoderant, lotion, eye drops, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, etc.

1 Optional
Watch w/ Altimiter

An altimeter is very useful in gauging progression of altitude gain or loss when climbing, and especially when visibility is decreased due to weather. Many Altimeter watches have compasses and/or GPS tracking functions.

1

Suunto Vector; Suunto Core

Neptune Mountaineering

Optional
Water Bottles

1 liter bottles are the standard. Bladders such as Camelbacks and Platypus are acceptable for above freezing temps, but only in conjunction with another bottle. Bladders are not acceptable during sub freezing temps. Sports drinks are also acceptable.

2

Nalgene, Hydro Flask

Neptune Mountaineering

Equipment
Waterproof Shell Jacket

Non-insulated, Gore-Tex, Dermizax, Event, or other waterproofing system is required. Mostly, this jacket sits in the bottom of your pack and comes out when the weather gets nasty with precipitation. This jacket should fit over all other layers.

1

Men: RAB Latok
Women: RAB Women's Ladakh DV Jacket

Neptune Mountaineering

Clothing

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