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
  • Check back for 2020 dates!

Avalanche Course Schedule - 2019/2020

Both our AIARE Level 1 and Avalanche Rescue course offerings are listed below. All courses have a 12 student capacity.
DatesCourse and DescriptionPriceStatus
Nov 27, 2019, WednesdayAIARE Avalanche Rescue$170Space available
Nov 29, 30, Dec 1, 2019, Fri/Sat/SunAIARE Level 1$485Space available
Dec 19, 2019, ThursdayAIARE Avalanche Rescue$170Space available
Dec 20, 21, 22, 2019, Fri/Sat/SunAIARE Level 1$485Space available
Dec 27, 28, 29, 2019, Fri/Sat/SunGlide Progect: AIARE Level 1 for students ages 15 - 18$485*
Scholarships available
Space available
Jan 14, 15, 16, 2020, Tues/Wed/ThursAIARE Level 1$485Space available
Jan 18, 2020, SaturdayAIARE Avalanche Rescue$170Space available
Feb 1, 2, 3, 2020, Sat/Sun/MonAIARE Level 1$485Space available
Feb 15, 16, 17, 2020, Sat/Sun/MonAIARE Level 1$485Space available
Mar 6, 7, 8, 2020, Fri/Sat/SunAIARE Level 1$485Space available

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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