Avalanche Awareness Course

This one-day, small ratio, field course focuses on avalanche terrain recognition, hazard management, team communication, travel techniques and companion rescue. Full day on the mountain in avalanche terrain.

This training is designed for people new to the backcountry or those traveling in the backcountry with no formal avalanche education. This course is only a 1 day time commitment for those not able to take the 3 day AIARE level 1 (we still recommend you take this course the following season). This course gives you tools to travel in the backcountry with a better awareness of surroundings and the avalanche hazard.

Use of Ortovox 3+ transceiver, probe and shovel are included.  Ski/splitboard or snowshoes are required.

2022 Dates:  $265/person

  • February 13
  • or schedule a private anytime (see below for pricing)

We’ll meet early (~7am) on your scheduled date at a coffee shop for 2 hours (presentation and discussion), then carpool to Pikes Peak for a full day field session near and above treeline near avalanche terrain.

$265 per student (Public Course option)

Included:  Student Resources, use of Ortovox S1+ transceiver, probe and shovel, entrance fee to Pikes Peak Highway (fast access to treeline).

Not Included: Transportation, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.

Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup or snowshoes. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.

4:1 max ratio course (2:1 minimum).

Private Course Pricing:

1 client, 1 guide

2 clients, 1 guide

3 clients, 1 guide

4-6 clients, 1 guide

  • Prices are per person
  • 6:1 maximum ratio

For larger groups, call 719-368-9524 or contact us for pricing and scheduling information.


  • Glen Cove on Pikes Peak
  • Hoosier Pass near Breckenridge

Trip Expectations:
No prior backcountry experience required.

Use of Ortovox 3+ transceiver, probe and shovel. Small ratio class.

Not Included: Transportation and toll fees, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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