Avalanche Courses

Filed in Ski Day Tours, Winter Adventures, Winter Featured by on September 30, 2015

Your most important backcountry skill will always be education.  Let the Vail Valley’s original guiding service educate you on how to safely navigate the hazards of the winter snowpack.

We offer two courses:

AIARE Level 1  &  AIARE Avalanche Rescue


Why Paragon Guides?

  • Legacy – We have been guiding in the Vail Valley since 1978.
  • Lodging – Take advantage of our discounted rates at the Riverwalk Inn and Suites located within a 10 minute walk from our office.
  • Gear – Beacon, shovel, and probe will be provided at no extra cost!
  • Skis – Go lightweight and experience our Dynafit, Black Crows, or Blizzard ski touring demo fleet at 15% off our daily rate!
  • Venues – We utilize Vail Pass and Meadow Mountain during our field days
  • Classroom – We provide free coffee and tea to keep you focused. We also have a fridge.

*AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course*

This 3-day, 24 hour course is a staple for any backcountry recreationalist. It combines classroom and field time to provide the student with a hands-on introduction to avalanche hazard management. This certification never expires and is based on the only domestic curriculum that has met the internationally standard for the mountain guiding community.

What You Learn:

  • Decision-making through proper planning and observation
  • Terrain recognition and travel techniques
  • Companion rescue including beacon use
  • Snowpit introduction and analysis
  • AIARE Level 1 Course Information


*AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course*

This 1-day, stand-alone course is designed to keep backcountry recreationalist abreast of best practices in rescue technique and gear. This course has no prerequisites and can be taken at any time. It is perfect for anyone who needs to freshen up their rescue skills, looking to take the Level 2, or the beginner who isn’t quite ready for the Level 1.

What You Learn:

  • Current best practices in avalanche rescue
  • Develop  a “muscle memory” of rescue technique that improves your response time
  • Multi-burial rescue practice
  • AIARE Rescue Course Information


Avalanche Course Schedule - 2018/19

Both our AIARE Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue course offerings are listed below. All courses have a 12 student capacity.
DatesCourse and DescriptionPriceStatus
Dec 7AIARE Avalanche Rescue$135CLOSED
Dec 14 - 16AIARE Level 1$410CLOSED
Dec 18 - 20AIARE Level 1$410CLOSED
Dec 26 - 28Glide Project: AIARE Level 1 for students ages 15 - 18$300*
Scholarships available
Jan 3 - 5AIARE Level 1$410CLOSED
Jan 18AIARE Avalanche Rescue$135CLOSED
Jan 19 - 21AIARE Level 1: MLK Day Course, runs Sat - Mon$410CLOSED
Feb 15 - 17AIARE Level 1$410CLOSED
Feb 18AIARE Avalanche Rescue$135CLOSED
Mar 8 - 10AIARE Level 1$410 - Register Here
SOLD OUT - Waitlist only

TheGlideProject Chris Anthony


We are excited to support THE GLIDE PROJECT. For more info or to donate to youth avalanche education contact us.






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