AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Courses

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Courses

AIARE Avalanche Rescue Courses

AIARE Avalanche Rescue, Level 1, Level 2 Avalanche Courses

KMG is education heavy and this attribute shines in our AIARE Avalanche Courses. Our education heavy philosophy is why more colleges choose to work with KMG than any other guide service in the region.

These courses are educational based. They are not how-to-ski courses, nor are they guided trips.  If you are looking to; drastically expand your knowledge of snow science and the avalanche phenomenon, challenge what you already know, and have an amazing time in the process, then take a KMG AIARE avalanche course.

All avalanche courses are not equal!

Experience the KMG difference for yourself!  Our unique schedule provides for the maximum amount of field time with the minimum amount of travel time.  At course close, we include a knowledge quiz to test student comprehension of the covered material. Students are encouraged and counseled on how to apply the skills learned.

KMG’s owner and lead guide Josh has delivered courses for different entities from coast to coast.  Find out for yourself why so many come to KMG for avalanche programming.  Some of the educational institutions and programs he has worked with include:

  • Apex Mountain School
  • Alpine World Ascents
  • Beaver Creek Resort Pro Patrol
  • Colorado College
  • Colorado Mountain College
  • Colorado Mountain School
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Fort Lewis College Outdoor Pursuits 
  • Fort Lewis College Adventure Education 
  • Iowa State University
  • La Plata County Search and Rescue 
  • Ohio University
  • Purgatory Mountain Resort Ski Patrol 
  • San Juan College 
  • San Juan Outdoor Adventures/ Telluride Alpinism
  • Silverton Avalanche School 
  • Silverton Mountain Ski Area 
  • Simpson University
  • Telluride Avalanche School 
  • Texas A & M Commerce
  • The College of William & Mary
  • University of Alabama
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • University of Minnesota, Duluth
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin, Stout
  • Wasatch Academy
  • Weber State University

Courses Offered


  • Avalanche Rescue
    • December 15, 2018
    • December 29, 2018
    • January 5, 2019
    • January 12, 2019
    • February 9, 2019
    • February 13, 2019
    • February 18, 2019
    • February 23, 2019
    • February 27, 2019
  • Level 1s
    • January 3 – 6, 2019 HUT BASED at Addie S Cabin
    • January 10 – 13, 2019 HUT BASED at Addie S Cabin 
    • January 18 – 20, 2019
    • January  25 – 27, 2019
    • February 1 – 4, 2019  HUT BASED at Addie S cabin
    • February 8 – 10, 2019
    • February 22 – 24, 2019
    • March 7 – 10, 2019  HUT BASED at Addie S cabin 
    • March 14 – 17, 2018
  • Level 2s
    • February 14 – 17, 2019 Rescue & Lev 2HUT BASED at Addie S cabin
    • Feb 28 – March 3, 2019   Rescue & Lev 2 HUT BASED at Addie S cabin


1-5 days depending on program


Molas Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Silverton, CO


  • Avalanche Rescue – $105 Additional $70 for hut course
  • Level 1 – $415 Additional $185 for hut course
  • Level 2 – $520 Additional $185 for hut course

Client to Guide Ratio

  • Level 1 up to 6:1
  • Level 2 up to 6:1


Beginner to expert

Price Includes

  • AIARE qualified instructors
  • AMGA Certified Ski Guide, Alpine Guide, or IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide as the lead instructor
  • AIARE Course Manual
  • AIARE Avalanche field book.
  • AIARE Certificate of Completion
  • Use of Backcountry Access avalanche equipment; DTS Tracker beacon, traverse shovelSpot 203 probe.
  • Snow, Weather, and Avalanche Guidelines (level 2 course only)
  • Federal Land Use Surcharge (USFS/BLM)

Price Does Not Include

  • Travel to Durango, CO from your location
  • Backcountry ski touring equipment; skis, skins, packs etc.  These are all available to rent from our partner shop Backcountry Experience. Additional fees apply for ski equipment rental.  Please inquire for more information.
  • Items of personal nature
  • Individual travel costs, delays, and excess baggage fees
  • Personal clothing and ski equipment
  • Alcoholic drinks and personal snacks
  • Hotels before and after trip
  • Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance. We highly recommend this!
  • Guide/Staff gratuity


  • Personal Equipment
    • Clothing for activities and standing in cold/snowy weather (no cotton)
    • Long underwear
    • Insulating layers
    • Outer layer (wind/waterproof)
    • Warm gloves, mitts, headband, hat
    • Goggles and sunglasses
    • Small personal first aid kit (sunscreen/lip-balm, moleskin, band-aids, medication, etc.)
    • Water Bottle
    • Pack
  • Skiing Equipment
    • Boots (touring boots recommended)
    • Skis with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to skis before the course)
      *Randonee or free-heel gear is okay.
    • Poles
  • Snowboarding Equipment
    • Split Board with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to board before the course)
      *For students arriving at the course with snowboarding equipment, split boards are recommended, as compared to traveling with snowshoes.
    • Boots
    • Collapsible poles OR Snowboard (with means of attachment to pack—please have a system worked out before you come on the course)
  • Snowshoes –
    • Snowshoes (adjusted to boots, please test thoroughly before the course.
      *Snowshoes are not recommended for courses where deep new snow conditions or steep terrain will likely be experienced
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment – provided free of charge
    • Avalanche probe
    • Collapsible shovel
    • Avalanche transceiver (digital 457 kHz frequency only)
    • Cell phone or two-way radio (OPTIONAL)
  • Avalanche Rescue Equipment
    • Avalanche probe
    • Collapsible shovel
    • Avalanche transceiver (digital 457 kHz frequency only)
    • Cell phone or two-way radio (OPTIONAL)
  • Other Equipment
    • Pack large enough to fit all equipment on day tours
    • Field notebook (AIARE Field Notebook is included with all Kling Mountain Guide AIARE courses)
    • The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Edition: BUY HERE
    • Pencils (two, mechanical)
    • Pocket Knife


  • Skiers should be in good physical condition.  They will need a backcountry travel method (touring skis, split board, snowshoes).
  • There are a lifetime of ski tours with different difficulties in the San Juan Mountains.  Please get in touch with us to find out if this course is right for you.   If need be, we would like to ski with you prior to course to help ensure that you are up to the challenge.
  • If you do not possess these skills or need review, we recommend doing a skills course with us in Colorado or Utah prior to your course.


  • Day 1 – Classroom:
    • We spend our first day in the classroom.  By spending the entire first day in the classroom, we have two full days in the field.  Less transition time meens more time practicing our new skills!
  • Day 2 – Classroom:
    • The first half of the day is spent entirely on companion rescue drills.  We will become proficient with our avlanche trancievers, work on proper probing techniques, and become more efficient shovlers by utilizing strategic shoveling.  The afternoon will spent entirely on snow science and taking data from the snow pack.  We will cover standardized and non-standardized bonding tests, how to dig a test pit, and how to extrapolate information from the snow pack.
  • Day 3 – Classroom:
    • We put it all to use!  Today we will go on a full tour.  You will be in front leading the group.  Each student will have the opportunity to be in a leadership role and practice using the Decision Making Framework, a road map for decision making in the backcountry.

Registration and cancelation:

  • To reserve your spot in an AIARE Avalanche program a 50% deposit is required if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/ course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment.  100% of all course fees are due 60 days prior to start.
  • Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand we have a very strict registration and cancelation policy. We can not transfer you to an other program. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE! We recommend the TravelEx Insurance Travel Select plan with the Adventurer Plus Pak upgrade.
  • Program registrations are non-transferable.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your full deposit except for a $50 processing fee.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.