UPDATE: ACCORDING TO THE COLORADO MOUNTAIN SCHOOL WEBSITE, THESE COURSES ARE NOW SOLD OUT. FEEL FREE TO CALL THEM AND GET ON THE WAITLIST IF YOU'D LIKE.
"Skill to do comes of doing; knowledge comes by eyes always open, and working hands; and there is no knowledge that is not power." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
In that spirit, I am following the advice of every single person I've talked to and am taking an avy class before heading into snow covered backcountry. Skiers, boarders, and snowshoe-ers will no doubt greatly benefit from proper avalanche training. Based on recommendations, I've registered for a course with Colorado Mountain School.http://coloradomountainschool.com/courses/aiare-level-1/Website Course Description
AIARE Level 1 is an action-packed course that combines classroom and field instruction to provide participants with a solid introduction to avalanche awareness and skills. Learn how to travel in and around avalanche terrain, gain insight into decision-making strategies, the human factors involved in avalanches, develop critical planning and travel techniques and comprehensive rescue skills. Experience how avalanche beacons work, how to dig and analyze a snow pit, how to use the Decision Making Checklist, and learn many other critical backcountry tools.When
They offer a lot dates for the course (one almost every week). If this date doesn't work for you and you're interested, feel free to sign up for a different date, but I talked to a handful of people that were interested in going with a group, so I'm posting my plan on here.
Option 1 (my choice)
Tuesday, February 16 - 6-9p - Denver: Classroom
Thursday, February 18 - 6-9p - Denver: Classroom
Saturday, February 20 - 8a-5p - Estes Park: Backcountry
Sunday, February 21 - 8a-5p - Estes Park: Backcountry
Friday, February 19 - 8a-5p - Estes Park: Classroom/Backcountry
Saturday, February 20 - 8a-5p - Estes Park: Classroom/Backcountry
Sunday, February 21 - 8a-5p - Estes Park: Classroom/Backcountry
The reason why I've listed two options is that if you prefer to do the three full day course, we wouldn't be in class together, but I thought it'd still be cool to hang out after class Saturday in Estes.LodgingColorado Mountain School offers 16 beds for $30/night each
. I've already reserved my bed (have to call separate from registration). I'm only staying Saturday night, but if you don't want to wake up early Saturday morning, you could also stay Friday night.
Be sure to read their website carefully to make sure you have the proper experience and all the required gear.ACTION
Joining this plan does not guarantee you a spot in the course
. You must register at the website. Cost is $360. If you plan on spending the night at their lodge, you must also call and reserve a bed. At this moment, it looks like there's a lot of spots still open in the class, but the size is limited and I've heard from others they will be filling up soon, so if you're interested, you should probably register ASAP
Closer to the date, we can talk about carpooling. Hit me up with any questions, tho you're probably better off asking CMS.
Although CMS will provide avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe for use during the class, I am told that it is highly recommended to purchase your own equipment before the class. In an emergency situation, you do not want to be using gear you've never practiced with before, so better to develop the muscle memory from the start of the class