Hut Based Rec Level 1 Avy Course

An immersive learning experience in a backcountry ski hut!

Starting your avalanche education can be intimidating and rewarding. Cirque will help mentor you through the process in this 3 day hut based avy course.

You will learn terrain management techniques and analyze avalanche hazards during our action packed field days.

Enjoy amazing views and stellar meals from the warmth of the Addie S Hut situated at the top of Red Mountain Pass.

Cirque’s Recreation level 1 avalanche course is accredited by the American Avalanche Association (AAA). Course is led by Marc Ripperger,  AMGA / IFMGA Licensed Mountain Guide.


Optional overnight at the Addie S Hut night of the 15th.

Day One (Jan 16)
We meet at the Addie S Hut at 8am and introduction to avalanche character/types and practice transceiver functions and rescues

Day Two (Jan 17)
After laying down the fundamentals of avalanche awareness, we dive into terrain management skills and tour planning methods.

Day Three (Jan 18)
We apply the skills learned and discussed into an amazing student lead ski tour day. Students will get first hand feedback and guidance from one of the industry’s most experienced mountain guides.


Only 1 course is being offered this winter

January 16 – 18


$795 per person


Trip Length
3 full days of avalanche education

Group Size
This course is limited to 5 students and has 1 instructor

Departure Time
8:00 a.m.

Meeting Location
We will meet on day one at Addie S Cabin at 8:00 am. You will have the option of overnighting in the hut on January 15th, the evening prior to the course start. For location and more information on the Addie S Cabin, go to  https://www.skihuts.com/.

We provide all avalanche rescue equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel).

You are responsible for your personal snacks during the trip. We will provide breakfast, appetizers, and dinner.

Included in your trip cost

  • Instructed by an IFMGA Mountain Guide
  • Avalanche rescue equipment (transceiver, probe, shovel)
  • Field notebook
  • 2 Dinners and 3 Breakfast
  • Lodging accommodations at Addie S Cabin


Not included in your trip cost

  • Backcountry ski equipment (available to rent locally)
  • Personal lunch/snacks
  • Personal clothing and equipment
  • Transportation
  • Customary guide gratuity
  • Trip/Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Incurred costs by leaving a program early
  • Incurred costs as a result of force majeure