Avalanche Education Course Schedule for Winter 2014/2015

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Ensure that you’re backcountry ready this winter with an AIARE (American Institute of Avalanche Research & Education) avalanche safety course.  With ample snow fall plus what can often be considered a complex snowpack, there’s no better place to take your course than in Crested Butte, Colorado with Crested Butte Mountain Guides!

For the 2014-2015 season we’ll be offering a variety of class dates that make it easy to find a course to fit your schedule.  Below is a brief description of the courses we offer plus links to more information and online registration.

Level 1

This course is a 3-day, 24-hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. You will be presented with the basics of how to recognize avalanche hazards, how to manage them, how to minimize them, and finally how to respond in case of an emergency. During this course you’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.  Five sessions will be offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 12 students.

Cricco_J__0057Cost: $350

Days: Fri, Sat, Sun

Dec 12 – 14, 2014
Dec 26 – 28, 2014
Jan 23 – 25, 2015
Feb 13 – 15, 2015
Mar 6 – 8, 2015

Click here for more information on our Level 1 courses.
Click here to register for a Level 1 course now.

Hut-Based Level 1

Our Hut-Based Level 1 Course gives you the opportunity to put your new found knowledge into practice immediately. The curriculum mirrors that of the Level I course, but takes place in a backcountry ski hut, located just outside of Crested Butte.  Hut-based courses allow students to completely immerse themselves in the course curriculum due to the unique environment.  Breakfast and dinner are provided during the 3-day course. Five sessions are offered. Each session is open to a maximum of 6 students.

marron-hutCost: $550

Days: Fri, Sat, Sun

Dec 26 – 28, 2014
Jan 2 – 4, 2015
Jan 16 – 18, 2015
Feb 6 – 8, 2015
Feb 20 – 22, 2015
Mar 13 – 15, 2015
Click here for more information on our Hut-Based Level 1 course.
Click here to register for a Hut-Based Level 1 course now.

 Level 2

The Level 2 course dives deeper into the principles and techniques of Level I, but with a strong focus on snow science. 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.

Edits-9Cost: $550

Days: Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

Dec 18 – 21, 2014
Jan 15 – 18, 2015
Feb 19 – 22, 2015

Click here for more information on our Level 2 courses.
Click here to register for a Level 2 course now.

Avalanche Refresher

Already taken a Level 1 avalanche course, but feeling a bit rusty on your 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 12 students.

Avalanche CourseCost: $125

Days: Sat

Dec 13 , 2014
Jan 17, 2015
Feb 21, 2015

Click here for more information on our Avalanche Refresher course.
Click here to register for an Avalanche Refresher course now.

Intro to Backcountry

Perfect 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. 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.

treekCost: $300

Days: Fri & Sat or Sat & Sun

Jan 10 – 11, 2015
Jan 31 – Feb 1, 2015
Feb 14 – 15, 2015

Click here for more information on our Intro to BC courses.
Click here to register for a Intro to BC course now.

Contact our office at 970-349-5430 / info@crestedbutteguides.com  if you have any further questions regarding out 2014-2015 avalanche course offerings.  If you’d prefer to register over the phone don’t hesitate to call.

CMBG wishes all the snow lovers out there a fun & safe winter in the backcountry.  THINK SNOW!!!

-CBMG Staff