American Avalanche Institute

Offering a systematic approach to backcountry travel since 1974.

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WHICH COURSE SHOULD I TAKE?

RECREATIONAL

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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PROFESSIONAL

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

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CUSTOM TRAINING

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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Upcoming Courses

CourseLocationDateRegister
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/14 Sign Up! (22/24 spots taken)
Level 2 Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/15 Sign Up! (17/18 spots taken)
Level 2 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/18 Wait-list
Professional Rescue Course Park City, Utah 12/18 Sign Up! (18/20 spots taken)
Professional Level 1 Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/18 Wait-list
Professional Level 1 Bridge Course Bozeman, Montana 12/18 Wait-list
Professional Level 1 Bridge Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/21 Wait-list
Level 1 Refresher Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/22 Wait-list

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Why Choose AAI?

Established

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

Location

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

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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

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