Colorado Mountain College offers a Level I avalanche safety course taught to the guidelines of the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). The course emphasizes the latest information available about the study of avalanches, snow science, rescue equipment and rescue techniques.
The course includes two classroom sessions on Jan. 8 and 10 from 7-8:50 p.m. at the college's campus in Glenwood Springs-Spring Valley, plus two field days in the backcountry on Jan. 12 and 13. The field days will provide a hands-on opportunity to evaluate avalanche hazards and practice rescue techniques. Students must be able to ski, snowboard or snowshoe at an intermediate level and be prepared to travel a distance up to five miles on the field days.
Participants must register by Jan. 7. The cost is one credit of tuition plus a $179 supplemental charge that includes access fee, textbook, use of avalanche equipment, transportation and AIARE Level I Certificate.
Contact Associate Professor Bruce Kime at 947-8246 with any questions about the course.