AIARE Avy 1 Hut Course participants congregating on the deck of a backcountry hut

AIARE Avalanche 1 Hut Course

  • Duration 3 Days
  • Avalanche Courses

Live and breath avalanche education in our Hut Based Avalanche 1 course

The AIARE Avalanche 1 Hut Course is designed to give you a full introduction to backcountry travel. Based out of the Addie S hut on Red Mountain Pass, you will  spend day and night with your peers and instructors learning the foundation of avalanche education.

In a hut format you spend more time skiing, more time learning from and observing your instructors, and more time in the mountains—all with lodging and food included. When you take your level one with San Juan Expeditions you will get hands-on experience analyzing the avalanche hazard and using your observations to make decisions in the field. We are committed to providing both tools for understanding the avalanche problem and the terrain management skills you can only get from observing an experienced guide.

 Our course leaders are both AIARE certified instructors and AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) trained guides. So when you take one of our courses you know you will be under the mentorship of an experienced and qualified guide, not just an instructor.

This means you will not only learn about avalanche theory but you will apply what you have learned by going skiing/riding under the mentorship of an experienced guide.

The dates for our 2025 hut-based Level 1 Avalanche Courses are:

  • January 5th (evening check-in)- January 8th, 2025
  • More dates coming soon! Email us to inquire.

Trip Details


3 Days, 2 Nights


Some skiing experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AIARE and AMGA trained/certified guide 
  • Federal land usage surcharge (USFS/BLM)
  • Avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, shovel, and probe)
  • AIARE field book & student fees
  • Lodging at the Addie S hut

Not Included

  • Personal skiing/riding equipment
  • Lunch/snack food 
  • Guide gratuity
  • Breakfast & dinner (Breakfasts and Dinners can be purchased at checkout)

Course Schedule

The first morning of the course we will meet at the SJE office and will go over the itinerary for the next three days and meet your guides. All course information will be shared with you by your guides and instructors.

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