Are you interested in recreating outside in Colorado’s winter backcountry environments?  Maybe you have a new interest in backcountry skiing and snowboarding – or perhaps you would like to visit one of those high mountain lakes or peaks in the winter? The Outdoor Program collaborates with the Never Summer Outdoor School to provide courses with established curriculum from the The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). 

The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is a 3-day/24 hour introduction to avalanche risk management.  By the end of this course, students will learn a process on how to plan and travel in the backcountry, identifying avalanche terrain and recognizing hazard, as well as how to be a strong contributor to a group.  Students will also learn how avalanche rescue equipment works in a companion rescue, as well as how things like the avalanche forecast, snowpack tests, and field observations work to help improve our decision making and reduce our risk while enjoying the snow and solitude of winter.   

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day stand along course covering the all of the skills necessary to perform the basics of companion rescue in an avalanche accident.  For new backcountry travelers, this course is an opportunity to learn avalanche rescue and returning AIARE students can expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario improve rescue competency.  Topics covered include what to do if caught in an avalanche, using avalanche rescue equipment, how to set-up realistic practice scenarios, and develop a plan for continued avalanche education. 

Snowy peak peeks out of the sunshine.
Participant digging snow during an avalanche clinic

Join the Outdoor Program this winter on one of our upcoming avalanche education courses in January 2022!

The AIARE Avalanche Awareness program is a free, online introduction to avalanche awareness and avalanche education!  Come learn about avalanches in Coloradoand how you can start your avalanche education journey right here at CSU! 

Course Information


Program Date Registration 
AIARE Avalanche Awareness ClinicDec 1 @ 5pmFree 
Avalanche Beacon DemoDec 8 @ 5pmFree
AIARE Avalanche Rescue CourseJan 3 $190
AIARE Avalanche Level 1 CourseJan 4-6$475 

*Save $50 and register for both the Avalanche Rescue and Level 1 courses for only $550! 

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