Education Links

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE)

The AIARE organization provides avalanche education to more backcountry travelers than any other single avalanche education organization in the U.S. AIARE draws on input from our 250 instructors across the nation. Whether you take an AIARE course in New Hampshire or California, the learning outcomes are the same. Instructors are encouraged to personalize their courses with local anecdotal and case study information, however the learning outcomes for each topic must be met. If you decide to take an AIARE Level 2 in Washington after taking your AIARE Level 1 in Colorado, you enter that course with the pre-requisite knowledge as the AIARE courses build on each other, from Level 1 through Level 3. Link:

The Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC)

The purpose of the CAIC is to minimize the economic and human impact of snow avalanches on recreation, tourism, commerce, industry and the citizens of Colorado. Since 1950 avalanches have killed more people in Colorado than any other natural hazard, and in the United States, Colorado accounts for one-third of all avalanche deaths. With a staff of 15 avalanche professionals, we achieve our purpose through a dual mission of forecasting and public education. Link:

National Avalanche Center

The National Avalanche Center is a great resource for recreationalists to avalanche professionals.  The site provides links to all U.S. avalanche centers, accident databases, and educational links ranging from awareness information to PHD level papers and projects. Link:

The American Avalanche Association

The American Avalanche Association (AAA) is comprised of a collective group of dedicated professionals engaged in the study, forecasting, control and mitigation of snow avalanches. Association membership includes qualified researchers, professional avalanche forecasters, educators, guides, snow safety officers, snow rangers and qualified ski patrollers, technicians and specialists. Link:

The Canadian Avalanche Association

The Canadian Avalanche Association (CAA) is a not-for-profit, non-government organization that serves and supports the diverse community of professional avalanche operations in Canada. The programs and services of the CAA help to create and foster a world-class professional operating environment for front-line avalanche safety operations in Canada. Link:

The American Mountain Guides Association

The American Mountain Guides Association (AMGA) is a non-profit organization that seeks to represent the interests of AMGA members by providing support, education, and professional standards. Link:

Irwin Guides

Irwin Guides offers a Level 1, Level 2 and Refresher courses throughout the winter right here in Crested Butte. All of Irwin Guides’ instructors are AIARE trained and certified. Link:

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