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  • Avalanche Courses

    Scroll down to find avalanche educators in the US, Canada, Germany, France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy.


      American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education courses provide a complete program of avalanche education for students at all levels, from recreational to professional, and from novice to advanced.  AIARE Level 1, 2 and 3 courses are taught nationwide and internationally. Find a course.

    • AAI USA

      The American Avalanche Institute has been teaching avalanche courses for over 35 years. The curriculum teaches snow science and practical application. AAI courses are held in mountainous environments in the Tetons, Wasatch, Bridgers, and Madison Range of the Rocky Mountains.  Find a course.

    • Avalanche Canada

      Canada is privileged to have some of the world’s finest opportunities for winter backcountry exploration. A Companion Rescue Skills (CRS) course teaches life-saving search and rescue techniques to all backcountry recreationists. Avalanche Canada offers three levels.  Find a course.

    • AVALANCHE1 Sleducation

      Avalanche 1 classes are taught from a snowmobiler’s perspective. You will learn techniques that work for snowmobilers by avalanche instructor who has 20 years of mountain riding experience. You will learn how to avoid getting caught in avalanche situations that are inherent to snowmobiling.  Find a course.

    • Syndicat National Des Guides De Montagne France

      The SNGM is the governing organization for the National Ski and Mountaineering School and all matters relating to avalanche safety training. More Info.

      Le SNGM est l’interlocuteur principal du Ministère de la Santé et des Sports, de l’École Nationale de Ski et d’Alpinisme pour toutes les questions relatives au pilotage de la formation des Guides. Plus d’information.

    • WSL-Institut für Schnee- und Lawinenforschung SLF Switzerland

      The SLF offers basic and advanced snow and avalanche safety training courses for various target groups in German, French and Italian.  Find a course.

      Fundierte Kenntnisse im Bereich Schnee und Lawinen. Dehalb werden vom SLF jährlich Grund- und Fortbildungskurse für verschiedene Zielgruppen in Deutsch, Französisch und Italienisch angeboten. Suche Kurse.

    • SAAC Austria

      SAAC stands for Snow & Alpine Awareness Camps and offers two-day-avalanche tuition for free. Find a course

      Ablauf SAAC Basic Camps – das sind kostenlose 2-tägige Lawinencamps mit Backgroundinfo und Praxis für Off-piste Freaks. Bergführer und Snowboardpros informieren über alpine Gefahren abseits der gesicherten Pisten. Suche Kurse.


      SKIBASE ARLBERG instructs on how to deal with backcountry skiing, techniques and tactics of ascent with skins and the use of avalanche safety equipment.  Find a course

      Ein professioneller Lawinenkurs ist für Freeride-Neulinge sehr empfehlenswert. Unterrichten wir den Umgang mit Tourenskiern, Technik und Taktik des Aufstiegs mit Fellen und natürlich den Gebrauch der Sicherheitsausrüstung. Suche Kurse.

    • AINEVA Italy

      The Association of Regions and Autonomous Provinces Italian Alps (AINEVA), organizes a series of training courses on issues of Snow and Avalanche Research.  Find a course

      L’ AINEVA organizza una serie di corsi di formazione sulle tematiche della neve e delle valanghe, con lo scopo di fornire ai professionisti che operano in montagna nei diversi settori legati alla prevenzione del pericolo di valanga, elementi utili per le attività di rilevamento dati, previsione, prevenzione e progettazione. Trovare un corso.

    • DIE BERGFÜHRER Germany

      Experienced German mountain guides will show you how you can minimize the risk of avalanches. In this course you can learn risk-conscious and appropriate behavior in the field. Find a course.

      Dieser Ausbildungskurs ist ein Muss für Skifahrer, Telemarker, Snowboarder, und Tourengeher. Erfahrene Bergführer zeigen Euch, wie Ihr das Lawinenrisiko minimieren könnt. In diesem Kurs lernt Ihr Risiko bewusstes und angemessenes Verhalten im Gelände. Suche Kurse.

    • APRENDICA Argentina & Chile

      Here’s everything you need to know about weather and avalanches in South America from APRENDICA, the first official provider of AIARE avalanche safety courses in Argentina and Chile.  Find a course.

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