We are following the national and international developments of the COVID-19 pandemic daily. Classes will look a bit different for the 2021 season but backcountry skiing and recreation is a low risk sport with regards to disease transmission. We have taken steps to modify our program to ensure that staff and students are safe from COVID-19. Courses will be split into 2 modules consisting of online webinars and field sessions. Keep posted on what SAS is doing. For Colorado, we are following guidance set by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). The safety of our students and staff are the #1 priority as we plan the season out.

Upon registration for a course this season, students will be updated on a regular basis. 


  1. Reduce risk: For activities in the mountains, low mountain ranges and other nature sports areas, stay well below the personal performance limit. More than ever: Only practice mountain sports when you are healthy to avoid any potential strain on emergency services.
  1. Only in authorized small groups: We will be following local public health and public safety guidelines. These may vary at different venues. Always keep the required social distance during greetings and discussions. Avoid high-traffic areas and tours.
  1. Keep a distance of at least 2m: Use a mask (mouth-nose protection) if, in exceptional cases, the minimum distance of 2m cannot be kept.  
  1. Avoid the usual contact rituals: e.g. shaking hands, giving hugs, sharing drinks with others, etc.
  1. Bring a mask (mouth-nose protection) and disinfectant with you : In addition to general emergency equipment, a mask (mouth-nose protection) and disinfectant should be in your backpack at all times.
  1. Wear a mask (mouth-nose protection) in permitted carpooling: Only carry out carpooling in the number and composition of persons permitted by the authorities. Use a mask (mouth-nose protection) if, in exceptional cases, the minimum distance of 2m cannot be kept.
  1. In an emergency: As a first responder, proceed according to the generally applicable first aid guidelines and use a mask (mouth-nose protection). When close to somebody, limit conversation to help reduce potential spread of infection.
  1. Disinfecting equipment: Follow manufacturers guidance on equipment cleaning and quarantine. Only use your own equipment. Minimize sharing or borrowing equipment.