Blase Reardon, Avalanche Science faculty at Colorado Mountain College Leadville, smiles with skis over his shoulder in the snow

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

Tuesday, Feb. 23 • 6pm - 7:30pm

Join us for an online meeting and bring your questions. You'll learn about prerequisites, the selection process and more.

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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.


Backcountry Safety Training

Looking for a recreation-based Avy I, Avy II, or Avalanche Rescue class?

Backcountry Recreation & Avalanche Safety Courses

Colorado Mountain College is an American Avalanche Association approved course provider for both PRO 1 and PRO 2 training programs.
The avalanche science program at CMC Leadville combines online classes with 3 intensive on-campus sessions each year.

“The Colorado Mountain College program is designed to prepare snow and avalanche professionals for career paths in a new comprehensive fashion not available in any other venue. It will change the way we train and prepare people for the professional snow worker industry.”

- Dr. Kelly Elder, US Forest Service - Research

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Application Process

There is a two-step application process for the Avalanche Science program. Prospective students will first apply to the college and then complete the supplemental program application.

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.

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