Avalanche Decision Support: Dec 22-23, 2017


Course Details

Course runs 2 days, 8am-6pm daily.

  • Dates: Friday, December 22nd – Saturday, December 23rd 2017
    • Additional dates may be added
    • Small group custom options are available
  • Cost: $450 per person
  • Cost Includes:  Lodging and meals at the Opus Hut (dinner 12/22, lodging 12/22, breakfast 12/23). Bedding is provided by Opus Hut.
  • Not Included: Travel to/from the Opus Hut trailhead at Ophir Pass Road/US 550 is not included See our Getting Here page for area information.
  • Venue: Kendall Mtn Recreation Center  |  Silverton, CO (Unless stated otherwise)
  • Cancellation Policy:   A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes into Silverton are closed.

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Avalanche Decision Support

This 2-day course provides intensive instruction and practice in the processes that professionals and advanced recreationalists use to make risky decisions in avalanche terrain.

It is appropriate for advanced backcountry skiers and aspiring professionals that wish to take their decision making to the next level, or move beyond rules-based decision making.

The course benefits from a very low 3:1 student-instructor ratio and the backcountry environment of the San Juan Mountains. Topics include communication, situational awareness, teamwork, and small-team risk management.

Participants begin Day 1 with morning briefing and lectures, followed by a day of touring/skiing to and around the Opus Hut. For more details on the hut, please visit their website by clicking here.

Evening lecture, meals, and an overnight at the Opus hut are followed by Day 2 morning lecture, a full day of touring/skiing, and return to town with an evening debrief. Course content is supplemented with extensive pre-course materials.


  • Expert skiing or snowboarding ability
  • Familiarity with backcountry gear and safety protocols
  • Prior completion of a recreational Level 2 avalanche course or Silverton Avalanche School approval of student qualifications
  • A high level of physical fitness

Please note: Full backcountry safety and travel gear is required for the Day 1 and Day 2 field sessions in the Middle Fork of Mineral Creek. Snowshoes are not an acceptable means of backcountry travel.

Additional dates may be added. Please contact us to set dates.