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Avalanche Safety


Avalanche awareness and safety training is a must for anyone who engages in winter activities in the backcountry, including backcountry skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, climbing, and backpacking to name a few. 

The Colorado Mountain Club offers courses from the American Institute of Avalanche Research Education (AIARE). AIARE Level 1 courses teach you to recognize avalanche terrain, how to assess when it is safe to be in the area, and rescue techniques. AIARE certified CMC volunteer instructors will discuss topics such as snow pack evaluation, hazard analysis, safe travel techniques, beacon/transceiver use, and avalanche rescue. 

If you're not quite ready for an AIARE Level 1 course, we recommend you start by taking an Avalanche Terrain Avoidance (ATA) clinic. That course teaches you where to find information on avalanche conditions, how to determine if it is safe to go, and how to avoid setting off avalanches while in the backcountry. 

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