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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AMGA Recognition

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

Upcoming Courses

Advanced Winter Weather Forecasting Course Salt Lake City, Utah 10/14 Sign Up!
Winter Weather Forecasting Course Jackson, Wyoming 10/28 Sign Up! (11/12 spots taken)
Level 1 Course Jackson, Wyoming 11/29 Sign Up!
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 11/30 Sign Up! (8/12 spots taken)
Rescue Fundamentals Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/04 Sign Up!
Rescue Fundamentals Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/04 Sign Up! (8/12 spots taken)
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/07 Sign Up!
Level 1 Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/07 Sign Up!

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Why Choose AAI?

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

Our courses are built on a foundation of snow science AND practical application.  Students in AAI courses learn to plan routes based on conditions, recognize avalanche terrain, and move through a winter, backcountry environment.

Our courses are held in mountainous environments. Training in the Tetons, Wasatch, Bridgers, and Madison Range will set the students up well for travel in avalanche terrain around the world.

We hope to see you on a course!

  • BCA
  • Delorme
  • K2
  • Marker
  • Marmot
  • Teton AT

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