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.
The professional education track is designed for snow and avalanche professionals, as well as aspiring patrollers, guides and forecasters.
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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AAI has been teaching avalanche courses since the winter of 1973/1974. Our curriculum has been evolving for over 35 years.
Our courses are held in mountainous environments including the Tetons, Wasatch, and Montana Rockies.
The American Avalanche Institute Professional Level 1 & Professional Level 2 are recognized by the AMGA.
Our mission at AAI is to empower our students by translating snow and decision-making research into relevant tools and practices
Can't commit to a field course, but still want to build your skills? Been a while since your last course, and need a refresher before heading out into the backcountry?
Check out our online courses at AvalancheCourse.com
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.