Avalanche Courses with AGC

Small Classes of Advanced Riders Instructed by Avalanche Professionals

Shifting from the resort to the backcountry? Or looking to up your game in the mountains? AGC runs small classes of advanced riders instructed by avalanche professionals.  Start with a Level 1 avalanche course with AGC, then take another course and another.

Why Choose AGC?

  • Courses are taught at a low ratio, 5:1 max, student to instructor ratio.

  • Lead instructors are certified Ski Guides by the AMGA.

  • Public level 1 and 2 courses are for advanced riders only. With advanced skiing or splitboarding ability, we can spend more time on covering terrain and making decisions.

  • Courses maximize field time for hands-on experience.

  • AGC instructors (Joe, Nick and Elliot) are avalanche professionals. Teaching and practicing avalanche avoidance is their career, not a hobby.

  • AGC is an American Avalanche Association approved Course Provider.

  • Read more about Joe, Nick and Elliot.

Winter 2018/2019 Courses

  • Rec Level 1: Anchorage and Turnagain Pass, Dec 12-16

  • Rec Level 2: Anchorage and Turnagain Pass, Jan 16-21

  • 2019/20 winter season schedule will be out in September. Please plan ahead and book early as courses fill up.

To Book

Are you Rec or Pro?

If you're wondering, go rec. Recreational courses are for those who want to play in avalanche terrain. Can I ski the slope or not? Professional courses are for operations: ski patrol, avalanche forecasters and ski guides. Professional courses have more documentation and less skiing. Below is the education flowchart from the American Avalanche Association education page

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Is AGC an AIARE Provider?

No. While some AGC instructors have AIARE training, AGC instructors believe they can do their best job using their own curriculum, built from ground up, and tailored to the unique conditions in Alaska. Additionally, AGC follows the standards for US avalanche educators, including AIARE, which is set by the American Avalanche Association. AGC is an approved American Avalanche Association Course Provider. 

 
 

Testimonials

Alaska Guide Collective, the perfect trifecta! Why go anywhere else?
— 2018 Rec Level 1 student
Looking forward to the Rec 2 Course! The experience, knowledge and friendliness of the instructors is unparalleled.
— 2018 Rec Level 1 student
AGC teaching avalanche awareness through experience.
— 2018 Rec Level 1 student
Instructors were awesome—good balance of fun, serious, easy to understand, easy to approach with questions, totally knowledgeable.
— 2018 Rec Level 1 student
It’s really good to ski with people who’ve taken an avi course—this one is excellent—everyone should take it.
— 2018 Rec Level 1 student