Avalanche Course - AIARE Level 1
Avalanche Assessment & Avoidance Skills

Learn to plan, evaluate, and execute a successful ski/snowboard tour above treeline in the mountains. It's not an easy task, but we've got the tools and knowledge to share with you. (Colorado Avalanche Information Center)

Reserve your spot today! Register online below.

For the backcountry skier, snowboarder, heli-skier, snowmobiler, snowshoe hiker, or hut trip skier, awareness of snow pack stability is critical to the choice of route and successful/safe completion of the day's tour. Avalanche assessment and avoidance skills are of primary importance to those traveling through the winter backcountry.

The Level 1 Course provides a complete introduction to the avalanche phenomenon, avalanche terrain, decision making, and rescue.

In addition all Avalanche Course participants will receive the following discounts:
  • 50% discount on AT demo ski equipment
  • $50 off a Mammut airbag
  • $25 off an Intro Avalanche Gear Equipment Package
  • or $30 off a Guide Recommended Avalanche Gear Equipment Package
  • $25 discount on Aspen Expeditions ski camps


Private Guiding:

Available daily. Please contact us directly to make your reservation.

Group Departures:

AE_AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course - weekends
AE_AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course - weekdays


Email us or call us at (877) 790-2777 TODAY to reserve a spot or for more information.


Trip length: classroom & field days - Weekend courses - Friday: 5-9 pm, Saturday: 8:30- 4 pm & 5-9 pm, Sunday: 8:30 - 4:30 pm Weekday courses - 8:30 - 4:30 pm
Dates: 2014: Dec 5-7 | Dec 8-10 | Dec 12-14 | 2015: Jan 2-4 | Jan 5-7 | Jan 9-11 | Jan 23-25 | Jan 26-28 | Feb 6-8 | Feb 9-11 | Feb 20-22 | Mar 6-8 | Mar 9-11 | Mar 30 - Apr 1 | Apr 3-5
Cost: $375 per person - Ratio 6:1
Includes: $12.50 AIARE fee + $15 AIARE field book (required), AIARE/AMGA trained/certified ski guide, use of avalanche beacon, shovel, probe, 3% USFS land use surcharge, AIARE Level 1 avalanche course manual.
Not included: personal skiing equipment (AT ski, or snowboard equipment is available for demo.), single ride lift tickets.

What you should Know:

Typical Itinerary


1 - Meet at Aspen Expeditions' shop at Aspen Highlands Village at 5:00 pm on the first day of the course. The classroom session will be completed by 9:00 pm.

2 - Meet at Aspen Expeditions' shop at Aspen Highlands Village at 8:30 am. The day will consist of both classroom and field work. Dress for going outdoors. The day will wrap up with a classroom session from 5 - 9 pm.

3 - On the last day you will complete a tour in the Elk Mountain Range. The guide will establish a meeting place and time. Upon completion you'll head back to Aspen Expeditions' shop to wrap up the course by 5:30 pm.

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