AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Certification

3-Day Class $420

**Rescue does not end once you find your partner! Get the knowledge to increase their chances of making it home.  Add a Wilderness First Aid option for $195**

2018 Dates TBD


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Sawatch Guides has partnered with  with the Colorado Mountain School to offer AIARE Level 1 avalanche education here in scenic Leadville, Colorado.

This course combines class room work with field instruction each day to provide a well-rounded education to backcountry decision-making, trip planning, terrain selection, and companion rescue techniques. This course provides essential training for anyone traveling in avalanche terrain and can be taken on backcountry skis, split board, or snowshoes. With a maximum ratio of six students per instructor in a twenty seven-hour course, we exceed AIARE minimum standards to provide the highest level of instruction.


This course can be taken on snowshoes, skis, splitboard, or snowboard. Participants on alpine touring rigs must have experience on their setup prior to taking this course. Snowshoes are available for rent upon request. Students on skis or boards must be comfortable in steep blue to black terrain at the area.

This course provides:

  • AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors
  • 27-hour course with a 6:1 maximum ration
  • Student manual and weather-proof AIARE field book
  • BCA slope meter
  • Use of beacon, shovel and probe
  • AIARE certificate of completion