We are excited for your AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course and want to provide you with a rundown on the logistics and schedule to give you an idea on what to expect.

We have a  great snowpack for you to learn all about avalanches and how to avoid them. Check out how our season has looked so far on Facebook and Instagram:

Please fill out this form so we can get to know you a little better prior to the course.

Click Here to download the student manual

You will receive a hardcopy of the student manual at the course along with the field book.

Please arrive about 15 minutes prior to 8:00am to check in and get settled.  We will have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available.

Each day will have some class time in the morning then we will be out in the field the rest of the day. So you can bring some comfy clothes for class time and have your ski clothes ready to change into.

In order to maximize your experience we suggest that you check out the following.

Please make sure your avalanche transceiver has new batteries for the season and that you are familiar with your gear.

How to prepare for your avalanche course.

Check road conditions here for Colorado:

Map and Address to the classroom

Silverton Avalalanche Classroom
114 East 12th Street
Silverton, CO 81433

Kendall Mountain Recreation Area
1 Kendall Place
Silverton, CO 81433

Where to Stay in Silverton:

Read this excellent online series by Powder and Black Diamond about recent avalanche accidents. This is very close to home for us.

Familiarize yourself with the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) website:

In order to maximize your experience we suggest that you check out this link on how to prepare for the course as well as the  daily agenda (subject to change but gives you an idea).

Please contact Jim or Melanie if you have any questions regarding the course. We look forward to seeing you!

What To Bring

*Avalanche Rescue Gear:

* Metal Shovel

* Avalanche Transceiver

* Collapsible Probes (with measurement markings is helpful).

**The above can be rented from us-please let us know if needed.

*Appropriate backcountry ski gear (AT, Tele, Splitboard with skins, or snowboard with snowshoes).

*Ski poles (snowshoers should have poles also)

*Good backcountry pack that fits gear well

*Map of area if you have it.


*Cell Phone

*Headlamp with extra batteries

*Small functional First Aid Kit ( wound management / tape, etc.) – at least 2 kits in group

*Multi-purpose small Leatherman Tool or similar

*Repair kit (pertinent to your mode of travel)



*Wool or synthetic long underwear

*Appropriate ski touring jacket & pants (lightweight gortex shells with leg and arm vents are ideal)

*Extra warm down/synthetic fill jacket for keeping warm when doing snow pits


*Ski hat

*Mid layer top

*Extra set gloves (use lighter ones for uphill)

*Pencil and pen

*Note pad

*Food/water/thermos for field days (please bring a packed lunch for each day). 3-5 hours in the field each day.

**Optional: Locking Carabiner, bit of extra webbing/sling, duck tape, zip ties, space blanket etc can be useful items to carry.

**Please make sure you have tried any new gear out before the course to ensure it is in good working order.