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

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AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Training for Recreationalist

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:

  • AIARElogo2Decision-making through proper planning and observation
  • Terrain recognition and travel techniques
  • Companion rescue including beacon use
  • Snowpit construction and analysis

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 5 minutes 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 50% 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. Store your lunch in our “kitchen” equipped with a fridge and microwave.

TheGlideProject Chris Anthony

 

 

We are excited to support THE GLIDE PROJECT. For more info or to donate to youth avalanche education click HERE. Students can register below.

 

 

Each class has a capacity of 12 students. 

Month Dates Price Status Description
December 11-13, 2017 $375 Full Local’s Appreciation Course  

Local radio station 97.7 KZYR will be offering 12 spots at a discount via True Local Deals. All participants will receive a free Paragon Voile ski strap!

December 15-17, 2017 $375 Full Local’s Appreciation Course

Local radio station 97.7 KZYR will be offering 12 spots at a discount via True Local Deals. All participants will receive a free Paragon Voile ski strap!

December 28-30, 2017 $100 Full Glide Project AIARE Level 1

Traditional 3-day level 1 for local high school students.

January 13-15, 2018 $375 Full Public AIARE Level 1

Don’t miss a day of work with this Level 1 that runs Sat, Sun, and Monday over MLK weekend

January 23-26, 2018 NA Full Glide Project Hut Trip

Vail Mountain School at the Sangree Hut

February 9-11, 2018 $375 Full  Public AIARE Level 1
February 23-25, 2018 $375 REGISTER HERE

Full, waitlist

 Public AIARE Level 1
February/March 27 – Mar 2, 2018 $100 REGISTER HERE

Full, waitlist

Glide Project AIARE Level 1

Feb 27 and 28 are evening classes after school with full days on Mar 1 and 2.

Each class has a capacity of 12 students. 

 

 AIARE Avalanche Rescue – New for 2017/18!

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:

  • Best practices in avalanche rescue
  • Muscle memory of rescue technique that improves your response time
  • How to stage a scenario for continued practice beyond this training

Why Paragon Guides?

  • Legacy – We have been guiding in the Vail Valley since 1978.
  • 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 50% off our daily rate!
  • Venues – We utilize Vail Pass and Meadow Mountain
  • Price – We offer this course at a fair price compared to our competitors

Each class has a capacity of 12 students with the except of January 12th, only 6.

Month Date Price Status
January 12 $99 Full
January 27 $99 Full

 

 

 

 

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