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Avalanche Level 1 for snowmobilers @Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, near Rifle, Glenwood Springs, Colorado March 5th - 7th (NOTE: Date changed from 4th-6th)

Updated: 3 days ago





Avalanche Level 1 : This is a 3-day class the bedrock standard to travel safely in the backcountry under the American Avalanche Association Guidelines(A3).


Location: North West Colorado, @Coulter Lake Guest Ranch, near Rifle and Glenwood Springs Colorado


Accommodation: https://www.coulterlakeguestranch.com/, Class will be at the ranch from Tuesday March 5th 6:30 pm to Wednesday March 7th 5pm. So students will need to stay onsite, its fun :). Accomodation is required for this course but not included in course cost due to all the different accomodation options and optional length of stay. Contact Ranch direct to make reservations (970) 6251473


Travel Mode: Snowmobile or snow bike


Dates: March 5th to 7th. NOTE: DATE CHANGE FROM 4th -6th previously

Before March 5th 3-4 hrs of Pre-Course online learning

March 5th 6:30 pm night session in person at Coulter Lake Ranch

March 6th Field Day from Coulter Lake Ranch

March 7th Field Day from Coulter Lake Ranch, class end 5pm.


To register: at bottom of page or ring 720-282-5155


An Avalanche Level 1 class is an essential and foundational training program designed for individuals seeking to venture into avalanche terrain safely. This comprehensive course equips participants with the fundamental knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions in avalanche-prone environments. Our curriculum covers key topics such as avalanche types, snowpack analysis, terrain assessment, route finding, and rescue techniques. Participants gain a deep understanding of the factors contributing to avalanches, enabling them to assess the avalanche risk and make educated choices to minimize exposure.

The Level 1 course combines classroom instruction with practical field exercises, providing a balanced learning experience. In the classroom, participants delve into avalanche theory, weather patterns, and daily decision making cycles to use "terrain" which is the answer to all 9 avalanche problems. Participants also learn to use essential tools such as transceivers, probes, and shovels for effective companion rescue. Field sessions allow participants to apply their knowledge in real-world scenarios, honing skills like snowpack stability assessments and safe travel techniques. Completion of an Avalanche Level 1 class is a crucial step for anyone venturing into the backcountry, ensuring they have the expertise to navigate and enjoy these environments while minimizing the inherent risks associated with avalanches.


At the end of the last day of class students recieve:

  • Class completion Certificate

  • Complimentary membership to the Freinds of CAIC for the rest of the season, and Freinds of CIAC membership card.

  • 30 day caltopo pro trial


  1. Complimentary membership to the Freinds of CAIC for the rest of the season, and Freinds of CIAC membership card.




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