The Avalanche Safety Development Series is a five-day course that is designed to fast-track your avalanche safety training. You’ll learn how to manage avalanche hazards and rescue backcountry companions and become familiar with the backcountry skiing / riding zones in Rocky Mountain National Park. Each participant will receive a certificate of completion from the American Institute for Avalanche Research & Eductaion for two courses: AIARE 1 & Avalanche Rescue. Once we’ve wrapped up those first four days of coursework, we’ll spend the final day of this program skiing and riding in the snowy bowls and glades Rocky Mountain National Park.
Reasons Why CMS AIARE Courses Are Worth It!
- CMS is the countries 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
- Variety of course offerings to meet our guests scheduling needs. Huts, Splits, 3-Day, Summit, Aspen L2’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 Mountaineering ski shop support with rentals of ski equipment.
Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
If you require lodging at our hostel in Estes Park, please make your reservations online in advance. Beds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Our hostel features 16 beds in 3 rooms, bathrooms, showers, a full kitchen with appliances, dishes and utensils, wi-fi, ping-pong table, and a lounge area. Please be considerate of others lodgers during your stay.
We believe that avalanche training is best taught by combining theoretical concepts and experiential learning. Some topics are best learned in a comfortable classroom setting and others in the mountains, moving through terrain and digging into the snow. You’ll have both.
The first portion of your course will be conducted in a classroom setting. In the interest of health and safety for our students and instructors, classroom format for the 2020/21 season may include a mixture of e-learning and group video discussions in an effort to limit close contact in closed spaces.
The majority of your course will take place in the mountains where we will learn in an open-air environment. You should be prepared, mentally and physically, to stay immersed in the backcountry for up to ten hours. You will be assigned to a small pod consisting of one AIARE Instructor and a maximum of six students to allow intimate instruction and physical distancing.
The nature of this pandemic requires us to be flexible and adaptable in how we deliver a quality training experience. Rest assured, from the moment you enroll all the way up to your course field days and beyond, our instructors will be a part of your learning progression and will provide you with the tools and resources you need to best prepare for your avalanche training course. If you’d like to learn more about what we are doing to manage COVID-19 risk for our students and guides, please view our FAQ page.
All Upcoming Dates and Locations:
- March 4, 2021 - March 8, 2021 - Avalanche Safety Development Series: Level 1 - Estes Park, Colorado
- March 18, 2021 - March 22, 2021 - Avalanche Safety Development Series: Level 1 - Estes Park, Colorado
- April 1, 2021 - April 5, 2021 - Avalanche Safety Development Series: Level 1 - Estes Park, Colorado
- April 15, 2021 - April 19, 2021 - Avalanche Safety Development Series: Level 1 - Estes Park, Colorado