An instructor measures the angle of a snow pit on an avalanche level 1 course in Jackson, Wyoming.

The recreational track is designed for new and seasoned backcountry users looking for a systematic approach to winter travel and avalanche rescue.

avalanche professionals checking out the crown where an avalanche propagated at what looks to be over 6 feet in height

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

An avalanche course instructor stops during a teachable moment while ski touring in the backcountry.

AAI runs custom avalanche training for ski patrol and military groups, as well as youth groups, including standard courses and unique training programs.



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.

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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.


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

Decision Making

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

AMGA Recognized

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


Our courses are held in mountainous environments including the Tetons, Wasatch, and Montana Rockies.

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.​

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