Avalanches

On average avalanches kill 42 people per year in North America, hundreds more are injured. Learn how to stay alive in avalanche terrain.

U.S. Course Progression

The American Avalanche Association endorses the following training progressions for recreationists and professionals who make decisions in avalanche terrain.

RECREATION TRACK

AWARENESS

LEVEL 1 and AVALANCHE RESCUE

LEVEL 2

PROFESSIONAL TRACK

AWARENESS

LEVEL 1 and AVALANCHE RESCUE

PROFESSIONAL AVALANCHE 1

PROFESSIONAL AVALANCHE 2

PROFESSIONAL AVALANCHE SAR

Course Descriptions

Detailed course descriptions and prerequisites for formal U.S. avalanche training and education.

Recreational Courses


Professional Courses


Course Providers

Access American Avalanche Association endorsed course providers by state.

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The purpose of listing course providers on this website is as a public service to promote avalanche education by providing a critical link for the recreating public to increase their knowledge and awareness of avalanche hazards. The listing also assists individuals and organizations in connecting with avalanche education programs in their geographic region. Course providers are listed on avalanche.org and americanavalancheassociation.org because individuals in the organization are members of the A3, and according to representations made by these A3 professional members, their independently developed curriculum, courses and programs are consistent with A3 education guidelines. A3 believes that avalanche education can be more thoughtfully, consistently and responsibly conducted and can achieve more constructive outcomes for students when course providers and avalanche instructors in the United States strive to embrace common guidelines and practices. Course providers operate independently of A3. A3 does not oversee, control or warrant the character or quality of listed course providers’ businesses or programs and is not responsible for the content of their specific courses or programs. Those interested in taking courses from listed providers should independently investigate and assess these course providers and their specific courses and programs. A course provider’s listing on this website does not guarantee that a course provider’s courses or programs will be safe, or that participation in that course or program will be free from harm. In choosing to voluntarily engage in avalanche courses or programs or recreate in outdoor, backcountry and/or wilderness settings, participants must understand that they accept and assume the inherent risks of these activities, and share in the responsibility for their own well-being and the well being of others on the course, program or trip.

Avalanche Encyclopedia

This encyclopedia is maintained by the National Avalanche Center. Although the collection represents the collaboration and contribution of many avalanche professionals and professional organizations, it is largely based on the work and vision of Doug Abromeit.