AIARE Level 1 – Silverton Avalanche School

silverton avalanche schoolJanuary 10-12, 2020

PRICE $465


(You will be re-directed to the Silverton Avalanche School website to register for this program.)

Learn Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

In 1962, Silverton Avalanche School was founded in Silverton, just 23 miles south of Ouray. 

In 2017, Chicks partnered with SAS to bring state-of-the-art, avalanche education with the added advantage of being all-women.

Why is women-only programing an added advantage?

Women feel more comfortable asking questions in all-female groups.  

They thrive when they ask questions, voice their thoughts and engage with other women who are passionate about the outdoors.

And, when people have more fun, they learn more! 

Fun and sass are always huge parts of our programs.

Chicks | AIARE Level 1 with the Silverton Avalanche School is a 3-day avalanche course.AIARE Level 1 course participants

  • Learn the key elements of sound decision-making in avalanche terrain.
  • Meets American Avalanche Association and the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR) Guidelines
  • Valuable input
  • Instant feedback
  • Vital insight

January 10-12, 2020


(You will be re-directed to the Silverton Avalanche School website to register for this program.)

Chicks Instructors Help Enhance Critical-Thinking Skills

Many of our instructors are true avalanche professionals. When they’re not teaching, they’re responsible for mitigating avalanche hazard in Class A avalanche terrain in Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, one of the most dangerous snowpacks on earth.

Other instructors are equally qualified through decades of climbing experience and/or guiding certification through the American Mountain Guides Association.

Our goal is that you can make decisions in avalanche terrain with greater accuracy and success.

AIARE Level 1 snow pit So grateful to be instructed with compassion, understanding, patience, and experiential wisdom. I will definitely be looking into your additional courses and hopefully participating in more skill trainings.
Much Love, Joy, and SNOW!!!

AIARE Level 1 is for anyone who wants to travel in or near avalanche terrain.

You may have attended avalanche awareness classes or workshops like the 1-Day Avalanche Rescue Course but there are no prerequisites for an AIARE Level 1 course.

Note- aspiring professionals need to take a Level 1 and the 1-Day Avalanche Rescue Course as pre-requisites before enrolling in a Pro 1 Course.

PRICE $465

January 10-12, 2020


(You will be re-directed to the Silverton Avalanche School website to register for this program.)

Price Includes:AIARE Level 1 classroom

  • Chicks IFMGA/AMGA Ski Guide and Silverton Avalanche School Instructor
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment – Transceiver, Probe, Shovel
  • Chicks Sponsor Welcome Bag
  • Level 1 Certificate upon completion

Does Not Include:

  • AT, Tele, Splitboard, and Skins*
  • Transportation to and from Red Mountain Pass
  • Lunches and Snacks
  • Personal protective outerwear**
  • Warm clothing**
  • Personal or Trip Insurance

* Affordable rental packages available: (splitboards, skis, boots, poles, backpacks, skins)

**Demos from our Sponsors are available including outerwear, warm layers, and gloves.  Please contact us if you would like to check out some of the latest and greatest.


What to Bring

Travel Logistics


Day 1: January 10, 2020

  • Meet at the Silverton Avalanche School HQ in Silverton, CO.
  • Course Introduction and Equipment Check for Hut Trip
  • Introduction to Decision Making
  • Avalanche Fundamentals
  • Mountain Snowpack
  • Travel to RMP
  • Companion Rescue and Scenarios
  • Teamwork and Avoiding Human Factors

Day 2: January 11, 2020

    • Making Weather and Avalanche Observations
    • Practicing companion rescue
    • Field Observational Techniques
    • Snowpit Documentation and Snowpack Testing
    • Transceiver, Probing and Shoveling lessons
    • Decision Making: Choosing Terrain and Traveling Wisely

Day 3: January 12, 202o

  • Effective Tour Planning
  • Route Finding & Terrain Analysis
  • Group Management
  • Implementing the Decision Making Framework
  • Course Wrap Up, Evaluation, Q & A, Instructor Feedback
  • Return to Red Mountain Pass for Course End


A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start.  No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered. Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds, rainchecks or cancellations if passes are closed (best arrive early if the weather forecast is big).