Avalanche Classes



PPG has been offering avalanche education for over 14 years, and have been an AIARE course provider since 2004. Our courses are taught to the American Avalanche Association and American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education standards.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue

This is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while experienced participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

Student learning outcomes

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to: Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers. Timed practice with a realistic scenarios.

AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course – Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain

This course provides 24 hours of education over a three day period. We will focus on avalanche terrain identification, learn and practice safe travel techniques, practice rescue scenarios, monitor changes in the snowpack while traveling in the backcountry, learn to make and record appropriate field observations, and practice developing a trip plan and choosing appropriate terrain before heading into the backcountry.


We offer a town-based course with day trips to the Lick Creek Summit Yurt, and a yurt-based course.

Day one of the town-based course will be in the classroom, with outdoor practice sprinkled in. Day two and three we will travel by snowcat to Lick Creek Summit, at 7,000 feet in elevation, for field sessions hiking into higher terrain.

Our yurt-based course is a three day / two night trip at the PPG Lick Creek Summit Yurts. We will spend three days living in the classroom of the West Central Mountains. Meals are provided, and snowcat transportation is included, allowing us to spend more time at elevation touring this incredible learning environment.


December 13-15 $425 McCall/ Field Trips to Lick Creek Summit
December 19-22 $485 McCall/Field Trips to Lick Creek Summit with Rescue Day
January 10-12 $425 McCall/ Field Trips to Lick Creek Summit
January 30 - February 2 $850 Lick Creek Summit Yurts with Rescue Day

For those interested in motorized sled/snowbike avalanche education check out our schedule at CM Backcounrty

For custom courses contact Cody or Marty

AIARE Level 2 Avalanche Course – Evaluating Snow Stability & Avalanche Hazard

This 4 day course provides backcountry leaders the opportunity to advance their avalanche knowledge and decision making skills. This course builds from the introductory avalanche hazard management model introduced in the AIARE Level 1 and adds to it the evaluation of factors critical to stability evaluation. It will also help build a framework for hazard assessment without a public bulletin or local forecast. In addition, it will cover advanced improvement of companion rescue skills such as multiple burial and deep burial scenarios.


This is a yurt-based course. Student Manual and field book, as well as meals and transportation to/from the yurt are all provided. No need to book a room in town, or spend money eating out! We will live and learn the procedures and protocols that professional use on a daily basis.


February 23-26 $850 Lick Creek Summit Yurts with Rescue Day

Custom private AIARE Level 1 or 2, Introduction to backcountry and/or rescue courses available.
Yurt or town based.