Tuesday, September 11, 2012

CBMG AIARE Avalanche Safety Course Schedule for the 2012-2013 Season

CBMG AIARE Avalanche Safety Course Schedule for the 2012-2013 Season

There’s no better way to be backcountry ready than with an AIARE Avalanche Safety Course. With ample snow fall, and what can often be a complex snowpack, there’s no better place to take your course than in Crested Butte, CO. For the 2012-2013 season we’ll be offering AIARE Level I, Level I Hut, Level II and Avy Refresher courses to suit every ability. With 19 different course dates to choose from it’s easy to find a course to fit your schedule. Curious about what each course will entail? Below is a brief description. For more information about our AIARE Avalanche Safety Courses or to register, click here or call us at 970-349-5430


This course is a 3-day, 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. You will be presented with the basics of how to recognize these hazards, how to manage them, how to minimize them, and finally how to respond in case of an emergency. During this course, we’ll analyze an avalanche forecast, identify avalanche terrain and avalanche types, learn basic rescue techniques, gain an understanding of basic snow pack properties, learn the basics of route selection/terrain features, and more. Six town-based sessions will be offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 12 students.
Cost: $375
Days: Fri, Sat, & Sun
Dates:Dec 14 – 16
Dec 28 – 30
Jan 11 – 13
Jan 25 – 27
Feb 15 – 17
Mar 8 – 10


With our Level I Hut Course you’ll have the opportunity to put your knowledge into practice immediately. The curriculum mirrors that of the Level I course, but takes place in the environment of a backcountry ski hut. You’ll be able to completely immerse yourself in the course curriculum by taking your Level I course at the Maroon Hut in the former mining town of Gothic (just outside the town of Crested Butte). Breakfast and dinner are provided during the 3-day course. Six hut-course sessions offered. Each session is open to a maximum of only 6 students.
Cost: $475
Days: Fri, Sat, & Sun
Dates:Dec 21 – 23
*Jan 2 – 4*
Jan 18 – 20
Feb 8 – 10
Feb 22 – 24
Mar 15 – 17
*Wed, Thurs, & Fri course*


With a solid foundation of avalanche safety, we’ll dive deeper into the principles and techniques in Level I, but with a strong focus on the science behind it. This 4-day course is great for anyone looking to become a backcountry guide or for the advanced backcountry enthusiast. We’ll explore the snow metamorphism process and how it relates to backcountry snow stability, weak layer formation in the snow pack, temperature gradient and its effects on snow, standardized observations and recordings for weather, avalanche activity, and snowpack, practice advanced rescue techniques, and more. Three sessions offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 12 students.
Cost: $435
Days: Thurs, Fri, Sat, & Sun
Dates:Dec 20 – 23
Jan 17 – 20
Feb 21 – 24


Taken a Level 1 Avalanche Course already, but feeling a bit rusty on those skills? Take our 1-day Refresher Course to brush up before re-entering the backcountry. We’ll spend the entire day out in the field, focusing on terrain recognition, travel techniques, decision-making, and a mock rescue scenario. This course is also a great a way to stay up-to-date on the latest industry news, equipment, tests and techniques. Four sessions offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 6 students.
Cost: $90
Days: Saturday
Dates:Dec 29
Jan 12
Jan 26
Feb 16


For the student who is new to winter backcountry travel and is seeking the basics of avalanche hazard management, but who might not necessarily require an official AIARE Level 1 Course Certification we have our Intro to the Backcountry Courses. The curriculum uses key lessons from the Level I course, but with more focus on field-based learning and slightly less classroom time. Basics of avalanche hazard management will be covered, as well as more foundation skills such as: skinning techniques, winter travel planning, backcountry gear familiarity, basic backcountry skiing & riding techniques and skills, emergency preparedness, and more. This course will build a great foundation for students planning to continue on with additional avalanche education/certification in the future. Four sessions offered with a maximum of a 5:1 student to instructor ratio.
Cost: $225
Days: Sat & Sun
Dates:Dec 15 – 16
Dec 29 – 30
Feb 2 – 3
Mar 2 – 3

To register for any of the above courses call our office at 970-349-5430 or by clicking here.