If you love to backcountry ski, snowboard, and snowmobile, it’s likely you love to play in the deep, untracked, powder snow.   There is nothing better than the feeling of floating through the snow as you cut that perfect line.  Or maybe you ice climb in exposed avalanche terrain. If you’re looking for amazing lines in the backcountry of Colorado, an AIARE level 1 course from Apex is an excellent compliment to your preparedness skills.

In the backcountry you set your own boundaries; you’ll never have to wait in lift lines again and fresh tracks abound! But when venturing away from the ski area and into avalanche terrain the game becomes unpredictable and the consequences may be high. Since Colorado is notorious for one of the most complex snowpacks in the world, there’s even more reason for taking an AIARE level 1 avalanche course.

In association with AIARE (the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education), Apex Mountain School will be offering three, three day, level 1 avalanche education classes during the 2010/11 winter season.

This Colorado based course is an introduction into the snow science of avalanche assessment, route finding, field decision making and rescue techniques.  These classes are great for clients of 14 years or older and of any level that have an interest in developing a greater awareness and tools for use in avalanche country.  Whether you are an outdoor professional, regular outdoor enthusiast or weekend warrior, we welcome you.  There are no prerequisites to attend this course.

Dates for the Vail, Colorado AIARE level 1 courses are January 21st-23rd, January 28th-30th, and February 11th-13th, 2011.  Visit our AIARE level 1 page on the site, call (888) 686-7685, or contact us to register today.

As well, we will provide three free intro courses in conjunction with Beaver Creek Ski Patrol. Watch our website for more info on these Vail, Colorado community outreach courses.