Avalanche Education

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.


AIARE Level 1 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 awareness, avoidance, and rescue. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is the largest provider of avalanche education in the U.S. This certification 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 construction and analysis

Why Paragon Guides?

  • Legacy. We have been guiding in the Vail Valley since 1978.
  • Lodging. Take advantage of our group discounts at the Riverwalk Inn and Suites located 5 minutes from our office.
  • Gear. Beacon, shovel, probe: available at no extra cost!
  • Skis. Go lightweight and experience our Dynafit, Black Crows, or Blizzard ski touring demo fleet. Additional charges do apply.
  • Venues. Vail Pass is characterized by an abundance of soft snow and assessable alpine terrain.
  • Classroom. We provide free coffee and tea to keep you focused. Store your lunch in our “kitchen” equipped with a microwave and sink.

What You Get:AIARElogo2

  • AIARE level 1 certification that never expires
  • AIARE field book
  • AIARE course materials
  • Knowledge and experience in decision-making and backcountry travel
  • Opportunity to meet people who share common interest

Each class has a capacity of 12 students, 18 for the High School Class.

Month Dates Price Status Description
December 16 – 18, 2016 $365 FULL! Local’s Appreciation Course  Local radio station 97.7 KZYR will be offering ALL spots at a discount via True Local Deals. All students will receive a free Paragon Voile ski strap!
December 28 – 30, 2016 $325 FULL! High School Course We are offering a course for students only. Opportunity for young adults to learn backcountry safety with fellow peers.
January 14 – 16, 2017 $365 FULL! No Experience Necessary All folks are welcome to join. We will split groups according to experience when touring in the field. Travel and learn at your pace!
February 10 – 12, 2017 $365 FULL! Ski Together, Stay together Join our Valentine’s Day Ski Club Tour the following week at a discount – 2 for 1!!
February/March 27 – 1, 2017 $365 OPEN Last Chance!! We added an additional course to our schedule due to high demand. Get that level 1 in before the end of the winter!

Click this link for:     Course Info & Registration Packet




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