AIARE 1 Avalanche Course: Rocky Mountain National Park

Location Colorado

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy - Moderate

Duration Pre-course Online Learning and Two Field Days

Overview

With the most stunning terrain in North America, Rocky Mountain National Park offers a lifetime of opportunities to ski and snowboard. Learning to negotiate the backcountry takes years of practice. An AIARE 1 Avalanche Course with The Mountain Guides Colorado can jump start your learning. We designed our avalanche courses to give you tools to make real decisions in avalanche terrain.

All AIARE 1 courses at our Rocky Mountain location utilize a hybrid learning model. The course starts as soon as you enroll with an online learning module. Then you’ll meet with your instructor via an evening video chat session two days before the course starts. If the field days start Saturday, you would meet with your instructor Thursday evening to review the online learning, discuss the current avalanche hazard forecast and plan the tours for the field days.

Anyone who travels in the backcountry needs to continue their education every year. An AIARE 1  or avalanche rescue course is a great place to start or review if you’re feeling rusty. An AIARE 2 course is best for skiers and snowboarders comfortable with their skills and looking for the next step. Along with our AIARE Courses, we offer a number of clinics and opportunities that get you into the mountains!

Season Winter

Minimum Age 18

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Itinerary

Our AIARE 1 Avalanche courses take advantage of the amazing terrain in Rocky Mountain National Park to help jump start your touring career. We use a hybrid course model to maximize your time in the mountains. The course starts with an online learning module that you gain access to as soon as you sign up. Two days before your course starts, you’ll meet with your instructor for an evening of virtual learning using video chat. The course will officially begin in the field where you’ll spend two full day tours traveling through the mountains practicing techniques for managing avalanche hazard.

 

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$595 per person

The Mountain Guides does not provide transportation for its clients into the park. Clients will be responsible for paying the $35 vehicle fee at the park entrance unless they have a Golden Eagle Pass  or equivalent .

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UPPER LAYERS

BOTTOM LAYERS

HEAD AND HANDS

ACCESSORIES

  • Back Pack: 30 to 40 Liter ski pack, Guide Pick: Mammut Pro Short Removable Airbag System Backpack
  • Water & Food: Thermos or insulated water bottles are best. Lot’s of snacks.
  • Sunglasses/ Sunglass Case
  • Ski Goggles
  • Extra Prescription Glasses/Contact Lens
  • Sunscreen/Lip balm
  • Headlamp-Extra batteries
  • Laptop Computer — for Avalanche Courses only

SKI/SNOWBOARD EQUIPMENT FOR THE BACKCOUNTRY (Packages available for rent at JHMG)

  • Boots: Alpine Touring, Telemark, or Snowboarding Boots
  • Skis or Splitboard with compatible binding for boots
  • Climbing Skins (fit to skis)
  • Ski Poles
  • Helmet (optional)

SNOW SAFETY EQUIPMENT (REQUIRED and available for rent at JHMG)

 

 

Students are responsible for their own lodging in Estes Park.

The Mountain Guides does not provide transportation for its clients into the park. Clients will be responsible for paying the $35 vehicle fee at the park entrance unless they have a Golden Eagle Pass  or equivalent .

 

 

 

 

TRAVACC ESTES PARK

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Testimonials

  • Very professional! Excellent instructors with a wealth of knowledge and most importantly, they know how to facilitate growth of one’s mountain sense.

    — Clinton Culp
  • JHMG knows there stuff! My instructors provided a wealth of knowledge for us to learn from and an awesome attitude that kept everyone stoked.

    — John Howland

Trip Sponsors

As the signature sponsor of our Avalanche Safety Courses, all students enrolled will be able to test and demo Mammut avalanche safety equipment during the course at no charge. In exchange, participants provide five photos of the gear in use it as well as a review of the gear OR a post on social media tagging @jhmtnguides and @mammutna.

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