AMERICAN AVALANCHE INSTITUTE
OFFERING A SYSTEMATIC APPROACH TO BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL SINCE 1974.
American Avalanche Institute teaches courses to beginning recreationists, introducing basic concepts for avalanche hazard mitigation and travel techniques in avalanche terrain, as well as to industry professionals – including ski guides, ski patrollers, and avalanche forecasters. Our avalanche training curriculum is a progression, where each course builds on knowledge gained from the previous course.
Avalanche Level 1The Avalanche Level 1 course provides a solid foundation in avalanche knowledge and skills that backcountry skiers and travelers can use to navigate snowy terrain in the mountains.Learn More
Avalanche Level 2For backcountry recreationists with level 1 avalanche skills who want to go deeper with their snow and avalanche knowledge. *includes Rescue Fundamentals *Course dates indicate evening zoom meeting. Field time begins on the following day.Learn More
Avalanche Rescue FundamentalsThis course is a focused day of learning and practicing avalanche rescue skills and techniques.Learn More
Professional Avalanche Training 1This Pro 1 avalanche course is for avalanche workers early in their careers or for experienced workers looking to stay current with industry standardsLearn More
Why Choose American Avalanche Institute?
American Avalanche Institute’s focus is to provide students with useful, applicable information for use in the field. AAI spends at least 60% of most courses in the field, focusing on hands-on learning, coaching, and supervised decision-making using the AAI Backcountry Checklist. AAI has built online learning materials for each course that compliments field work and allows students to arrive to the field sessions set up for success.
American Avalanche Institute has zero tolerance for racism or discrimination in any form. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all our clients, staff, partners, and the community at large.