Colorado Adventure Guides is thrilled to offer our Backcountry Mentorship program based out of Summit County, CO. Our backcountry mentorship program is designed to provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge to recreate in avalanche terrain.
The Backcountry Mentorship Program is a structured avalanche education curriculum that includes Intro to Backcountry Ski/Split, AIARE Level 1, AIARE Rescue, and AIARE Level 2.
Colorado is home to one of the most complex snowpacks in the entire world and people come from all across the globe to study our snowpack. Traveling in the backcountry requires a solid understanding of avalanche risk and the knowledge to mitigate these risks through appropriate terrain assessment and decision making. This can be an overwhelming endeavor for many and that’s why we have simplified things for you through our Backcountry Mentorship Program. Whether you are taking your first step or venturing farther, this tiered program is a great way to approach the backcountry this Winter and beyond. From free in-store clinics to on-snow introductory courses, and continuing through all of the phases of your avalanche safety education, we’ll help you with your journey into a life of backcountry.
Ski/Split 101, Hut Trip 101, Avalanche 101, Trip Planning 101
1-day intro to backcountry equipment and traveling in avalanche terrain
3-day intro to managing avalanche hazard
1-day intro to companion avalanche rescue techniques
3-day focus on analyzing snowpack, advanced route selection, and leadership
Whether you are taking your first step or venturing farther, this tiered program is a great way to approach the backcountry this Winter and beyond. We are here to help you with your journey into a lifetime full of fun in the backcountry.
For the 2021/2022 season we will be running free 1-2 hour 101 clinics both virtual as well as in-person at partnering shops. This is the perfect place to start to help to start build a foundation for your backcountry travel, or a great refresher for the seasoned traveler. With clinics like our Ski/Splitboard 101, Hut Tripping 101, Avalanche 101, and Trip Planning 101 we have something for everybody! And the best thing, they are all FREE!
After attending one of our Ski/Split 101 clinics your next step would be to get out on the snow with our Introduction to Skiing and Splitboarding course. And because you attended our clinic you now get $75 off! We have designed this as an introductory course to help you learn the skills necessary to be confident in venturing into the backcountry. We also strongly suggest taking this course prior to taking a AIARE Level 1 Avalanche course for those who are new to backcountry skiing, and if you do you will get 10% off your AIARE Course!
Now that you have a solid understanding of how your gear works, you learned some basic touring skills, and an introduction to terrain and avalanche awareness, it’s time to get some education. We are the biggest provider of avalanche education in Summit County and our courses are AIARE (American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) credited and we have some of the best local instructors around on staff. We recommend taking your 3-day AIARE 1 followed by your 1-day AIARE Avalanche Rescue. Take one and get 10% off the other!
You took your knowledge and put it use. Now that you have a little bit of experience applying all of the knowledge and processes that you learned in your AIARE 1 Course, its time to take it a step further and learn how to become a leader within a small group and close gaps of uncertainty in the backcountry in one of our AIARE 2 courses. Our AIARE 2 courses are offered in either hut or snow camping based formats, and if you took your AIARE 1 with us you get 15% off!
Did you take a Level 1 years ago and need some refreshing? Have you taken a Level 1 recently and want help applying all of the information to actually getting out and making turns? Get a few of your regular backcountry buddies together and book a a day with guide/instructor for private learning and touring. The day can be tailored to the skills you want to spend the most time on, from trip planning to route selection, field observations to snowpack analysis, or simply just learning how to execute a ski tour from beginning to end and finding the best conditions. Took your AIARE 1 or 2 with us, take an extra 15% off the total trip cost!
Looking to take your skills even further? Our 3-Day Ski/Splitboard Mountaineering Course is the culmination of our Backcountry Mentorship Program. For many, ski and splitboard mountaineering is one of the greatest allures to backcountry skiing and riding. Around the springtime in Colorado the snowpack becomes more stable, the corn snow cycle is in affect, and the backcountry terrain opens up drastically. Colorado is home to some of the most amazing ski/split mountaineering in the country and with some lines being more technical than others, you need to make sure you have the necessary skills. This is a course in which we will be covering a wide array of topics emphasized on traveling through intermediate to advanced terrain.
What makes our courses unique? Not only are our courses taught by our certified guides and instructors, each course is also concepted and designed by them. This means that your instructor has put their passion into creating the best possible learning experience for you.
The journey never stops. Backcountry winter travel encompasses much more than snowpack and terrain knowledge. What do you do if somebody gets hurt? Do you have the skills necessary to address medical issues in the backcountry? Partnering with Desert Mountain Medicine out of neighboring Leadville, CO we encourage all of our students to continue with their education and they get 10% off DMM courses in doing so! They run wilderness specific medical courses ranging from their Winter-Specific Wilderness First Aid Courses to more advanced options like a Wilderness First Responder.
Our friendly reservation staff is standing by to answer questions and discuss the details of your avalanche safety course.