Avalanche Awareness Course
This one day field course focuses on avalanche terrain recognition, hazard management, team communication, travel techniques, and companion rescue. We will spend a full day on the mountain in avalanche terrain.
This training is designed for people new to the backcountry, those traveling in the backcountry with no formal avalanche education, and those who are recreating in terrain adjacent to but not necessarily in avalanche terrain. This course is only a one day time commitment for those not able to take the 3 day AIARE Level I; we still recommend you take AIARE Level I if you will be recreating in steeper terrain. This course gives you the tools to travel in the backcountry by specifically relating how the terrain you are exploring relates to avalanche hazard.
Use of Ortovox 3+ transceiver, probe, and shovel are included. Ski/splitboard or snowshoes are required.
We will meet early (~7am) on your scheduled date at a coffee shop for 1.5 hours (presentation and discussion) and then carpool to Pikes Peak or Hoosier Pass for a full day field session near and above treeline adjacent to avalanche terrain.
- Glen Cove on Pikes Peak
- Hoosier Pass near Breckenridge
No prior backcountry experience required.
Use of Ortovox 3+ transceiver, probe, and shovel.
Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup or snowshoes. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.
Not Included: Transportation, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.
Public Course Pricing
- 8 hour public course (1-day)
- Price is per person
- 6:1 maximum ratio
- 2:1 minimum ratio to run course
Call 719-368-9524 or contact us to book this course for one or more riders.
Public Course Dates 2023
As always, this course can be scheduled any day of the week as a private course.
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