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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Upcoming Courses

Level 1 Course Jackson, Wyoming 11/29 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 11/30 Wait-list
Rescue Fundamentals Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/04 Sign Up! (8/12 spots taken)
Rescue Fundamentals Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/04 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/07 Wait-list
Level 1 Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/07 Wait-list
Professional Level 1 Bridge Course Salt Lake City, Utah 12/07 Wait-list
Professional Level 1 Bridge Course Jackson, Wyoming 12/09 Wait-list

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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!

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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
  • Delorme
  • K2
  • Marker
  • Marmot
  • Teton AT

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