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AIARE 1 Avalanche Course: Rocky Mountain National Park

Location Colorado

Season Winter

Difficulty Easy - Moderate

Duration 3 Days


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 jumpstart your learning. We designed our avalanche courses to give you tools to make real decisions in avalanche terrain.

In our AIARE avalanche courses we’ve taken it to the next level by providing students with an ideal learning environment for avalanche education.  This 3 day course has a perfect balance of classroom and field time.

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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Our AIARE Level 1 Courses are designed for people looking to build a foundation for safe backcountry travel. This comprehensive 3-day course focuses on hazard evaluation, decision-making and companion rescue in avalanche terrain. The first two days are split between the classroom and the field while the third day is devoted to slope evaluation, route finding, and risk management in the field. These courses include proper instruction for basic safety and protocols for safe backcountry travel. Over the 3-days you will learn the skills and tools needed to navigate the winter mountains and evaluate the snowpack when traveling through avalanche terrain.

$550 per person

November 27 – 29, 2020 | Full, waitlist available

December 4 – 6, 2020 | Full, waitlist available

December 11 – 13, 2020 | Full, waitlist available

December 18 – 20, 2020 | Full, waitlist available

December 21 – 23, 2020 | Full, waitlist available

January 1 – 3, 2021 | Full, waitlist available

January 8 – 10, 2021 | Full, Waitlist Available

January 16 – 18, 2021 | Filling Fast

February 13 – 15, 2021

March 19 – 21, 2021

March 23 – 25, 2021

April 2 – 4, 2021

April 16 – 18, 2021


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  • 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.

Please see the attached travel and accommodations document.








  • 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

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Try before you buy!!! If you are coming to take a class and don't have avalanche safety equipment, no problem. Our partnership with Mammut means you can try out the best in avalanche safety equipment while taking your class FOR NO CHARGE! All we ask is that you repay this generosity by submitting a review of the equipment and your experience with it. Maybe submit a photo of you using your Mammut beacon, shove, probe, airbag!

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