View our COVID-19 guidelines

women’s aiare avy2 Hut course

Hone your existing avy knowledge w/ a crew of ladies based in a backcountry hut


In partnership with

San Juan Expeditions partner Weston

Women’s AIARE Avy 2 hut course overview

We are so excited to be offering an all women’s/female identifying AIARE AVY 2 hut course this winter. We will be connecting in the mountains together through inclusivity, strength, endurance, and education. We will learn from each other and create confident partners in the mountains. And most of all… we will have a heck of a lot of fun while doing it.

What is involved with the AIARE 2 Equanimity Avalanche Course?

The AIARE 2 builds on the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE 1 and adds the evaluation of critical hazard assessment factors. You will learn how to describe and discuss the weather, snowpack, and avalanche processes, and identify how these processes relate to observations and travel within avalanche terrain.

Additionally, Equanimity will help you learn how to translate empowerment found in this course into your daily lives. The AIARE 2 Equanimity helps pair avalanche management with personal goals and endeavors which will support the next generation leaders in the outdoors. You will learn how to be confident in decision making but also use your voice. Speak up, stand proud, and trust yourself.

This course will help you analyze more complex avalanche problems by introducing you to a basic forecasting framework, to be used in conjunction with and in the absence of a local forecast. 

When you take your level two 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 female guide.

 Who will be your guide?

Our course leaders are both AIARE certified instructors and AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association) trained female guides. They will be there to support you and bring real challenges they’ve faced in their careers and lives to the table. Our passion here at SJE is to help women have continued access to the backcountry and understand that this is an inclusive place for all people.

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 female guide and by making real decisions.

Why take a San Juan Expedition’s avalanche course?

1. We are based in Silverton and Durango, Colorado – The premier location to learn about avalanche education in the United States with a history of avalanche research.

2. Our AIARE Avalanche Instructors are also trained by the AMGA (American Mountain Guides Association). We are not just avalanche instructors but also guides with experience in a variety of terrain and snowpacks all around the world.

3. By taking our AIARE Level 1 course you get exclusive access to exclusive San Juan Expeditions Mentorship Days and Alumni groups. We are committed to helping you continue your education after your AIARE course is finished and want to connect you with other competent partners within our community.

who we are

We stand behind and hand-select everyone of our guides/instructors. All of our guides are educators first and experienced mountain athletes second. This year we have two guides that have been listed for “Piolet D’or” awards and have previously received grants for cutting edge expeditions around the world. Our team is sponsored by “The North Face” and contribute to the new product lines of technical outerwear. We have a reputation for safety in the rugged and dynamic environment of the San Juan Mountains and we take safety very seriously. We are respected in the local Durango/Silverton, community and by our happy loyal clients (see our Google reviews).


spi course beginner difficulty


4 days



Where You Will Stay

Silverton Lodging

Silverton provides an ideal base camp for our Women’s AIARE Avy 2 Hut Course and the Addie S cabin puts us on the door step of our classroom for duration of the class. Perched just off the summit of Red Mountain Pass, the Addie S cabin boasts incredible views, unparalleled access to amazing skiing, and a cozy environment to hit the books and learn the fundamentals of avy education. With next to no light pollution, stepping out on the deck and gazing up reveals a sky littered with stars. Surrounded by nature you can’t help but begin to pick up on the subtle signs we will teach out to observe when considering terrain selection during the course. There truly is no better way to learn avy education than from a mountain hut.  

where we will meet

The first morning of the Women’s AIARE Avy 2 Course we will have a meeting at San Juan Expeditions HQ.  We will go over the itinerary for the next three days, you will meet your guides, we will be sure all liability waivers have been completed and then we will head straight out into the field. After the first day of the course, meeting locations may vary depending on the tour plans for the following days. All this information will be shared with you by your guides and instructors.

SJE HQ Asset

What is Included in the cost?

included in trip cost icon

– Three days with an AMGA certified & trained guide

– Federal land usage surcharge (USFS/BLM)

– Avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, shovel, and probe)

– AIARE Field Notebook

Not Included Icon

– Guide gratuity

– Snow travel equipment (splitboard or AT skis)

– Personal clothing/gear

* If you need to rent equipment locally visit our partners at Cripple Creek Backcountry and pick up your gear at our shop in Silverton.


Anyone participating in our programs must fill out a waiver beforehand. If you are under 18, please have your parent/guardian complete.


Please familiarize yourself with our Booking & Cancellation Policies.


Skiers/riders should be in good physical condition, and confident/comfortable on their method of snow travel (backcountry touring skis or splitboard).