Avalanche Courses 2020/21

COVID-19 UPDATE: Paragon Guides, with the help of the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), has adjusted the structure of our classes to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for both students and instructors. Below is a list of some of the changes we have made. 

    • Class size is limited to 10 students (previously 12)
    • Pre-course self paced on-line learning and knowledge checks
    • ZOOM classroom sessions (3-4 sessions for Level 1, 1 session for Level 1 refresher and Rescue Courses)
    • Increased field learning time

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 with AIARE Avalanche Courses.

NEW…Stay Smart in Avalanche Terrain: A Level 1 Refresher

This one day course is for people looking to refresh the knowledge and skills gained in their Level 1 Course. There will be pre-course self paced online assignments. The majority of the class day will be spent in the field. Prerequisite: AIARE or AAI Level 1.

  • Course Dates: December 1 or January 5
  • Pricing: $210
  • Food and Hydration: Students are responsible for personal food and hydration
  • Gear: Avalanche Rescue equipment is available to borrow at no charge. If you will be renting touring equipment, please reserve well in advance of course date.
  • Rentals: Paragon Guides has a limited supply of Alpine Touring Equipment for rentals. Touring equipment is available locally at Alpine Quest Sports and Cripple Creek Backcountry.

Sign up for Course…970.926.5299 or trips@paragonguides.com

AIARE Level 1  &  AIARE Companion Rescue

2020/21 Avalanche Course Schedule

Both our AIARE Level 1 and Companion Rescue course offerings are listed below. All courses have a 10 student capacity. All courses are available for a private buy-out, if no one has previously signed up.
*Please note that AIARE Level 1 Class structuring has been changed; the Day 1 Classroom Day is now 3 evening Zoom Classroom sessions. For more information, see course descriptions below. The dates listed are the 2 Field Days.
DatesCourse and DescriptionPriceStatus
Sat, Nov 28, 2020AIARE Companion Rescue$170Fulll
Tue, Dec 1, 2020Stay Smart: Level 1 Refresher$210Cancelled
Fri, Dec 12-13, 2020*AIARE Level 1$485Long Waitlist
Mon, Dec 29-30, 2020*AIARE Level 1$485Waitlist
Tue, Jan 5, 2020Stay Smart: Level 1 Refresher$210Open
Fri, Jan 9-10, 2021*AIARE Level 1$485Waitlist
Sat, Jan 17-18, 2021*AIARE Level 1, MLK Weekend$485Waitlist
Wed, Feb 3, 2021AIARE Companion Rescue$170Open
Sat, Feb 14-15, 2021*Glide Project: AIARE Level 1$485Buy-Out
Sat, Feb 21-22, 2021*AIARE Level 1$485Waitlist
Sat, Mar 13, 2021AIARE Companion Rescue$170Open
Sat, Mar 7-8, 2021*AIARE Level 1$485Open

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course

This 24 hour course is a staple for any backcountry recreationalist. It combines self-paced online learning, 3 evening Zoom classroom sessions (6:30pm – 8:30pm during the week leading up to the field days), plus 2 field days to provide the student with a hands-on introduction to avalanche hazard management.

Note: In an effort to protect the health and safety of both students and instructors, appropriate physical distancing is of vital importance. To avoid unnecessary close proximity, all students are required to know how to properly use and troubleshoot the equipment they are using for travel while in the field. This includes, but is not limited to skis, splitboards, bindings, and skins. It is also important that students are able to safely and proficiently climb and descend slopes while on course.

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What You Learn:

  • The American Institute for Avalanche Research and EducationDecision-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 Companion Rescue Course

This 1-day, stand-alone course is designed to keep backcountry recreationalist abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. There will be a 2 hour (6:30pm – 8:30pm) Zoom classroom session on the evening prior to the scheduled field day. 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.

Note: In an effort to protect the health and safety of both students and instructors, appropriate physical distancing is of vital importance. To avoid unnecessary close proximity, all students are required to know how to properly use and troubleshoot the equipment they are using for travel while in the field. This includes, but is not limited to skis, splitboards, bindings, and skins. It is also important that students are able to safely and proficiently climb and descend slopes while on course.

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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

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