AIARE Avalanche EducationSawtooth Mountain Guides offers a full slate of high-quality AIARE avalanche courses. Our Level 1 and Level 2 Avalanche Courses follow the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) curriculum and are taught by AIARE-trained instructors. Our course curriculum is further honed by Chris Lundy, a nationally-recognized avalanche professional with a MS in Snow Science and many years of avalanche forecasting experience.

Why take your avalanche course from Sawtooth Mountain Guides?

  • Experience. We began teaching avalanche courses nearly 30 years ago!
  • Instructors. Our instructors are highly-trained and nationally-recognized avalanche professionals with years of guiding, ski patrolling, and avalanche forecasting experience.
  • AIARE Curriculum. AIARE courses are developed by a nation-wide collaboration of avalanche experts and are professionally reviewed.
  • Low Student/Instructor Ratios. Our ratios are 4-5:1, compared to a more common 6:1 ratio. This provides more personal attention to the student.
  • Unmatched Venue. We offer courses at the Williams Peak Hut, where avalanche terrain right out the door maximizes field time. Courses based in Stanley or Ketchum/Sun Valley benefit from contrasting snow climates within a short distance from classroom locations.
  • Fun: Avalanche education doesn’t need to be dry and boring. Our friendly and engaging instructors will keep things interesting, and our world-class terrain is sure to provide some exciting skiing!

Private Avalanche Courses

We offer private avalanche courses and training for recreational, professional, and industry groups. Any of our courses can be taught on a private basis, or we can put together a custom program to meet your specific needs. Sawtooth Mountain Guides Co-Owner Chris Lundy has taught courses to an extremely diverse audience, including recreational and professional skiers, snowmobilers, and industry groups including ski patrols, road maintenance programs, power companies, and mines. Erik Leidecker has been heavily involved with guide training and has taught AMGA and AIARE courses geared towards aspiring ski guides.

From a recreational perspective, we’ve found that taking a course with your regular touring partners is much more effective and fun. Your group will come away from a course speaking a common language, having practiced similar skills, and ready to use a shared risk management process.

With a minimum of four people, most of our avalanche programs can be taught on a private basis – generally for the same cost as a public course.

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