New for 2019 Season

Overview of Recreational Program

The US Avalanche Industry has split recreational and professional programs. The recreational track is designed for new and experienced backcountry users looking to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. In 2019/2020 SAS will offer the following recreational courses: Avalanche Awareness, Avalanche Rescue, Avalanche Level 1, Avalanche Level 2 and all avalanche education for mechanized users.   All students who successfully fulfill the requirements of our recreational trainings are awarded a certificate of completion. 

In order to participate in our professional program, prospective students need to complete an Avalanche Rescue and an Avalanche Level 1 course first.

The Courses

Designed for both new and experienced backcountry users looking to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills

Level 1

The Level 1 Avalanche course is the starting point for backcountry travelers and aspiring avalanche professionals. The course is required for progression to Level 2 and/or Professional Avy 1. Read full course description here.

Companion Rescue

Companion Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. Read full description here.

Intro to Backcountry

This course is designed for people new to backcountry skiing/splitboarding. Our 2 day course teaches you the basics of being in the backcountry and prepares you for our Level 1 Avalanche course. Read full description here.

Level 2

The Level 2 has been redesigned to meet the needs of advanced recreational students who have taken the Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue class and want to go deeper with their avalanche knowledge. Read full course description here.

Snowmobile Courses

Created specifically for snowmobilers. Learn what equipment works best, how to effectively evaluate terrain, analyze stability and increase your skills in the mountains. Read full description here.


This course takes students who’ve graduated from an AIARE Avalanche 1 course and builds on backcountry touring skills/techniques for planning and engaging in ski tours independently. Read full description here.

Want to Learn More?

We’d love to answer any questions and discuss what course option is right for you. Get in touch today!