Avalanche Education

The High Mountain Institute is a course provider for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) and offers avalanche awareness courses each winter. The courses offered at HMI meet nationally recognized curriculum standards and are taught by AIARE qualified instructors. 

All paperwork for registered students can be viewed and downloaded here.

Level 1

The AIARE Level 1 course is a must-do for any winter backcountry enthusiast. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught). This course includes both classroom and field elements. Click here to view a sample syllabus.

2017 Dates: January 6-8    
2017 Cost: $360 tuition only; $420 tuition & lodging (accommodations in rustic cabins and use of communal kitchen, food not included)

The Level 1 is currently full. Please contact Libbey Holewski at lholewski@hminet.org or 719-486-8200 x107 if you would like to be placed on a waiting list.

Level 2

The AIARE Level 2 has been cancelled for 2017. Please check back next year for 2018 course offerings.

Avalanche Refresher

Feeling a bit rusty with your avalanche safety skills? Our Avalanche Refresher course provides an opportunity for folks who have previously taken a Level 1 avalanche course (or higher) to review their skills, increase their confidence, and brush up on the newest industry standards. The majority of the course will be field-based

2017 Dates: by appointment, 3 student minimum
2017 Cost: $135 tuition only; no lodging available

Please contact Libbey Holewski at lholewski@hminet.org or 719-486-8200 x107 if you are interested in arranging an Avalanche Refresher course.