American Avalanche Institute

Offering a systematic approach to backcountry travel since 1974.

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Online Avalanche Education

Not finding the course you need? Or has it been a while since your last course and you would like to refresh your skills? Sign up for one of our online courses today!

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The recreational track is designed for new and seasoned backcountry users looking for a systematic approach to winter travel and avalanche rescue.

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The professional education track is designed for snow and avalanche professionals, as well as aspiring patrollers, guides and forecasters.

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AAI runs custom avalanche training for ski patrol and military groups, as well as youth groups, including standard courses and unique training programs.

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Why Choose AAI?


AAI has been teaching avalanche courses since the winter of 1973/1974. Our curriculum has been evolving for over 35 years.


Our courses are held in mountainous environments including the Tetons, Wasatch, and Montana Rockies.

AMGA Recognized

The American Avalanche Institute Professional Level 1 & Professional Level 2 are recognized by the AMGA.

Decision Making

Our mission at AAI is to empower our students by translating snow and decision-making research into relevant tools and practices

Upcoming Courses

Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 01/26 Wait-list
Professional Level 2 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 01/31 Wait-list
Level 2 Course Jackson, Wyoming 02/03 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Bozeman, Montana 02/04 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 02/04 Wait-list
Winter Weather Forecasting Course Jackson, Wyoming 02/05 Wait-list
Professional Level 2 Course Girdwood, Alaska 02/06 Wait-list
Professional Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 02/07 Wait-list

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What's on a level 1 avalanche class?

Expect to have a mix of touring, skiing and classroom lectures. Learn how to combine the avalanche forecast with field observations to make informed decisions.

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