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Avalanche Education

Boulder Mountain Institute is proud to offer Avalanche Education courses.

These skills are essential for anyone who spends time traveling in the backcountry during winter, including skiers, snowboarders, ice climbers, mountaineers, snowmobilers, snowshoe hikers, and cross-country skiers.

  • Our courses range from two days to four days, basic to advanced.
  • Safety is always our main priority. Our qualifications.
  • Complimentary use of beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack is included. Our gear.
  • Please see below for information on courses or tours or contact us for more details.
  • After basic travel expenses are covered, all proceeds from course fees go to our charitable partners.

Click below to find out more about course itineraries.

Avalanche Essentials

Who should take this course?

Anyone who spends time traveling in the backcountry during winter, including skiers, snowboarders, ice climbers, mountaineers, snowmobilers, snowshoe hikers, and cross-country skiers. Our Boulder, CO instructors are trained for avalanche safety and can help keep you safe by educating you on the risks and teach you proper techniques to help in case you find yourself in an avalanche.

Course Description:

A fast-paced hybrid course, combining avalanche training with backcountry winter skills for those who wish to further develop safe and efficient backcountry practices. Avalanche curriculum will cover identification of weather and snow pack “red flags” as well as avalanche rescue. Focus will be on avalanche terrain identification and management. Other essential topics covered include appropriate equipment and use, tour planning, navigation, uphill and downhill travel techniques, and group management. We will also discuss how the “human factor” affects avalanche accidents. A combination of classroom time and field days in world-renowned Rocky Mountain National Park creates a perfect balance between learning and practice.

Course Itinerary:

The two-day course starts with online reading so that students arrive to class with a basic understanding of the main concepts and vocabulary associated with avalanches. Day one focuses on the snow science—the snowpack and all of its properties—and how it relates to avalanches. Day two focuses on avalanche rescue and the proper use of beacons, shovels, and probes.

  • Max 6:1 ratio for this avalanche essentials course
  • Complimentary use of include beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack included in the price of this course.
  • This two day course is $295/person.
  • Avalanche Essentials is offered every weekend from December through April. See our calendar for a full list of courses.
  • Sign up or contact us for more details.

Intermediate Avalanche Course

Who should take this course?

The Intermediate Avalanche course is great for people looking to be more independent and confident while traveling through complicated avalanche terrain.

Course Description:

This course is meant to build off the BMI avalanche essentials course, or other Level 1 avalanche courses. This 3-day field-based course emphasizes snow science and route finding. Students will head out on ski/snowboard tours through complex avalanche terrain and spend their days analyzing this terrain while honing their skills on decision-making in this complicated avalanche terrain.

  • Max 6:1 ratio for this intermediate course
  • Complimentary use of include beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack included in the price of this course.
  • This three day course is $395/person. All proceeds after basic course costs (travel, etc) donated to our giving partners.
  • Intermediate Avalanche is offered at various points from December through April. See our calendar for a full list of courses.
  • Sign up or contact us for more details.

Advanced Avalanche Course

Who should take this course?

Experienced backcountry travelers

Course Description:

This 4-day course for experienced backcountry travelers is our most advanced option. In this course we will visit multiple venues and go over complicated avalanche issues such as; weather forecasting, advanced snow science and advanced route finding.

Course Itinerary:

This course has two parts. We begin the first two days with instructional guidance, then follow up with two days on a student-led tour though complex terrain. During these last two days, students will put this curriculum to use. Students will both design and lead this tour and will be responsible for all weather and avalanche forecasting.

  • Max 6:1 ratio for this advanced course
  • Complimentary use of include beacon, shovel, probe, and backpack included in the price of this course.
  • This multi-day course is $495/person. All proceeds after basic course costs (travel, etc) donated to our giving partners.
  • Advanced Avalanche is offered at various points from December through April. See our calendar for a full list of courses.
  • Sign up or contact us for more details.

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