Avalanche Courses

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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

We offer two courses:

AIARE Level 1  &  AIARE Companion 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 international standard for the mountain guiding community.


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. 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 - 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$170CLOSED
Nov 29, 30, Dec 1, 2019, Fri/Sat/SunAIARE Level 1$485CLOSED
Dec 19, 2019, ThursdayAIARE Avalanche Rescue$170CLOSED
Dec 20, 21, 22, 2019, Fri/Sat/SunGlide Project: AIARE Level 1 for students ages 15 - 18$400*
Scholarships available
Dec 27, 28, 29, 2019, Fri/Sat/SunAIARE Level 1$485CLOSED
Jan 14, 15, 16, 2020, Tues/Wed/ThursAIARE Level 1$485CLOSED
Jan 18, 2020, SaturdayAIARE Avalanche Rescue$170CLOSED
Jan 20, 2020, MondayGLIDE Project AIARE Rescue: Teens only$155 CLOSED
Feb 1, 2, 3, 2020, Sat/Sun/MonAIARE Level 1$485CLOSED
Feb 15, 16, 17, 2020, Sat/Sun/MonAIARE Level 1$485CLOSED
Mar 6, 7, 8, 2020, Fri/Sat/SunAIARE Level 1$4851 space left

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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