Avalanche Science: Professional Level Avalanche Safety and Snow Science Training Taught by Industry Experts
Earn an American Avalanche Association PRO certification and a Snow, Weather & Avalanche Field Technician certificate
Avalanche Science Information Session
Join us for an online meeting and bring your questions. You'll learn about prerequisites, the selection process and more.
The Avalanche Science program at Colorado Mountain College Leadville is unlike any other snow safety program in the country. Designed by industry experts from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, Colorado Mountain College and the U.S. Forest Service, the program prepares current and aspiring avalanche workers with comprehensive training and education.
Two years of Immersive Avalanche Studies
The only two-year program of its kind, students will study two winters of mountain snowpack over four semesters of immersive avalanche studies. Graduates will earn a Snow, Weather and Avalanche Field Technician certification and simultaneously obtain American Avalanche Association PRO certification.
Learn from Avalanche Experts
The curriculum was developed in partnership with the CAIC and USFS. Faculty members are working professionals recognized throughout the industry. They bring years of field experience in avalanche research, forecasting and education.
Students work directly with instructors and gain relevant experience through industry internships while building a professional network.
Online Classes & In Person Sessions
The hybrid format is designed to integrate with the schedules of working professionals. Courses are a mix of independent online classes, live virtual lectures and intensive in-person sessions.
Colorado Mountain College Leadville is a residential campus located at 10,200’ elevation with 260”+ of average snowfall. In addition to modern facilities, an on-campus snow study area and a remote sensing weather stations, CMC has permits to access extensive avalanche areas and exclusive terrain.
Space is limited in the program. Applying early is recommended. If accepted into the program, your spot is not guaranteed until you have registered and paid for classes.