Where and How to Sign Up for a Level 1 Avalanche Safety Course

Martin Kuprianowicz | BackcountryBackcountry | AvalancheAvalanche
A Utah avalanche course instructor teaches students how to preform an extended column Test (ECT) in the Big Cottonwood Canyon backcountry. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

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New to the backcountry this season? Take your Level 1.

Skied the backcountry before but haven’t taken an official course? Take your Level 1.

Like skiing out of bounds? Take your Level 1.

Do you nerd out about snow? Then take your Level 1.

Taking your Level 1 avalanche certification course is crucial when it comes to getting your foot in the door of the backcountry universe. A backcountry course raises your awareness to a multitude of factors concerning snow and wind patterns and navigating avalanche terrain. It helps in allowing you to make safer decisions for both you and those touring in the terrain around you. It’s important. It’s necessary. 

Here are the American Avalanche Association endorsed course providers by state.

Alaska 

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Alaska Avalanche Information Center

Alaska Avalanche School

Alaska Avalanche Specialists

Alaska Guide Collective

Alaska Pacific University

National Ski Patrol

University of Alaska Southeast

Kachina Peaks Avalanche Center

National Ski Patrol

California 

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National Ski Patrol

Sierra Avalanche Center

Sierra Mountain Center

SWS Mountain Guides

Colorado

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Alpine World Ascents

Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Colorado Christian University

Friends of Berthoud Pass

Friends of the San Juans

Irwin Guides

National Ski Patrol

Silverton Avalanche School

Steamboat Powdercats

Wolf Creek Backcountry

Related: Backcountry Skiing: How Well Do You Know the Forecast?

Idaho 

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American Avalanche Institute

Avalanche Science, LLC

Community School

National Outdoor Leadership School

National Ski Patrol

Sawtooth Mountain Guides

Sun Valley Trekking

University of Idaho Outdoor Program

Yostmark Backcountry Tours

Maine

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East Coast Avalanche Education

National Ski Patrol

Montana 

Aerie Backcountry Medicine

American Avalanche Institute

Beartooth Powder Guides

Flathead Avalanche Center

Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center

National Ski Patrol

The Patrol Fund

West Central Montana Avalanche Center

Nevada 

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National Ski Patrol

Sierra Avalanche Center

New Hampshire

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East Coast Avalanche Education

National Ski Patrol

New Mexico

National Ski Patrol

New York

National Ski Patrol

Oregon 

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National Ski Patrol

Three Sisters Backcountry, Inc

University of Idaho Outdoor Program

Wallowa Alpine Huts

Utah 

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American Avalanche Institute

National Ski Patrol

Utah Avalanche Center

Utah Mountain Adventures

Vermont 

East Coast Avalanche Education

National Ski Patrol

Washington 

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International Mountain Guides

National Ski Patrol

Northwest Mountain School

Ridge Explorations

Wyoming

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American Avalanche Institute

Beartooth Powder Guides

Jackson Hole Outdoor Leadership Institute

National Outdoor Leadership School

National Ski Patrol

Teton Backcountry Guides

International 

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Avalanche Science, LLC

National Ski Patrol

SASS Global Travel

Other

Nickolay Dodov Foundation

For more information on avalanche education services, go to the Avalanche.org website.

An avalanche course instructor digs out an ECT test in Utah. | Photo courtesy SnowBrains

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