Avalanche Education

Mountain Trip hosts a variety of avalanche courses in the San Juan Mountains in Southwest Colorado, as a SAS Course Provider. This upcoming winter, join us for your Recreational Level One or Avalanche Rescue course to further your avalanche education and expand your knowledge of backcountry travel, risk assessment and practical rescue skills.

Our staff has experience teaching and guiding all over the world in different snowpacks and mountain ranges, but the stunning San Juan Mountains are where we choose call home, to recreate, teach and guide. We bring this expertise and local knowledge to all of our avalanche courses here in Telluride, Colorado. The San Juans have a particularly tricky snowpack most winters, with a structure that demands constant attention, careful planning and risk mitigation. Avalanche courses can give you these tools to help you make good decisions in the mountains.

For all of our courses for the upcoming winter 2020-21, we are offering both set dates and private options. These courses will come along with a carefully curated online component that you will complete on your own time before a field session with your instructor. Avalanche education is the cornerstone of successful backcountry recreation, and lays the foundation for building all of your other skills. We’re partnering with Silverton Avalanche School, the premier avalanche educators in Colorado, to help bring the latest and greatest in risk mitigation tactics, beacon technique, forecast and snowpack analysis and practical skills application to our students. Our educators all meet rigorous standards and bring a high level of professional knowledge and expertise to your avalanche education experience. If you’re unsure of where to start in your backcountry progression, please reach out to us.

As a SAS Course Provider Mountain Trip utilizes an internationally vetted curriculum and state of the art knowledge from MountainSafety.info. The course meets the guidelines set forth by the International Commision for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) and exceeds learning outcomes  as defined by the American Avalanche Association.

Mountain Trip is excited to offer students an additional day(+) of applied skills building and hands on instruction. Application days are scheduled immediately following the completion of an Level One or Level Two Recreational courses and are intended to let our students take the lead; applying their newly acquired skills under the watchful eye of a trusted mentor.

Students will plan, lead and complete a self-designed day tour and/or rescue scenario and receive constructive feedback on their terrain choices, attention to safety and decision-making skills. Application days are designed to increase competence and confidence while still in the safety and care of our professional faculty.

For our courses, while we have rental equipment available, we strongly suggest that you use your own kit to familiarize yourself as best you can with the gear that you will be using if you are involved in an emergency situation.

Mountain Trip operates under a special use permit in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests. We provide services and employment opportunities regardless of an individual’s ethnic or cultural heritage, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or physical handicap.

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