American Avalanche Institute

Offering a systematic approach to backcountry travel since 1974.

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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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Online Avalanche Education

Can't commit to a field course, but still want to build your skills? Been a while since your last course, and need a refresher before heading out into the backcountry?

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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

Winter Weather Forecasting Course Jackson, Wyoming 11/14 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 11/27 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Jackson, Wyoming 11/27 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/04 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/04 Wait-list
Rescue Fundamentals Course Alta, Utah 12/07 Wait-list
Rescue Fundamentals Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/07 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/07 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.

  • BCA
  • Fischer Skis
  • Stio
  • Teton AT