Avalanche Courses

Steamboat Powdercats offers AIARE (The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education) Level I avalanche courses during select seasons.

For the 2017 season, we are offering a 3-day Level I AIRARE course on January 6-8. 2017 (Fri-Sun).

Cost is $400/student.

Here are the details for this upcoming course.

1.3.10_0130Cost of the course includes: instruction, course materials (student manual, AIARE field book, snowcat transportation to and from our course area parking during the 2 days in the field, AIARE certification).

Not included: shovel, probe, beacon, ski or splitboard, food (except lots of coffee).  We do have beacon, shovel and probe to rent for an additional $20/course (Sat and Sun). We don’t have ski’s, splitboards or skins to rent.  We would suggest using Ski Haus or Christy Sports in Steamboat Springs if you need to rent these locally.

For more detailed information, course outline and equipment list, please give us a call at (970) 879-5188 or email Eric Deering, at Steamboat Powdercats: eric@steamboatpowdercats.com

Minimum of 5 students and max 12.  Book your spot now by clicking here.

IMG_0108The AIARE Level 1 avalanche course is designed as an introductory “stand alone decision makers course” for those planning on traveling and recreating in avalanche terrain. Our instructors are AIARE trained and qualified. The 24 hours of course work focuses on the basic skills necessary to manage your risk in the winter backcountry.

This Colorado Level 1 course utilizes the AIARE course curriculum. At the end of the course you will be able to:

– Plan and prepare for travel in avalanche terrain.
– Recognize avalanche terrain.
– Describe a basic framework for making decisions in avalanche terrain.
– Learn and apply effective companion rescue.

1.3.10_0119It is a starting point for anyone thinking of getting into backcountry skiing and riding. It’s also great for those who have already have backcountry experience, but have yet to truly hone their snow safety and rescue skills.

This three-day avalanche awareness course will introduce the avalanche phenomena (8-hours for 3 days).

This is more than an avalanche course as it will educate you to planning and preparation for travel in avalanche terrain, human factors, terrain recognition, “red flag” observations, terrain selection, travel techniques and basic companion rescue

IMG_0465The goal will be to provide you with basic hazard management skills using rule based tools in combination with introductory knowledge based decision making tools…i.e. you will learn a lot!

This is a stand alone course and provides participants a link to the Level 2 AIARE and Level 3 AIARE course for backcountry leaders.

We utilize our snowcats to get quickly into our study areas in the field, thus maximizing our time to learn from the snow. Once out there, we will be traveling to different areas to get a varied picture of avalanche terrain and snow pack. And of course, we’ll do our best to get a few turns in as well!