Avalanche Courses with AGC

Professional Ski Guides Instructing Small Classes of Advanced Riders

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 a Rescue course. As you’ll find out, avalanche knowledge is an evolving topic. Stay up to date with courses or you’ll soon be dated.

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. All instructors are AMGA ski-guide trained.

  • Public level 1 and 2 courses are for advanced riders. You must be able to ski or splitboard black diamond resort runs without falling. Advanced riding ability allows us to spend more time 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.

  • AGC is an American Avalanche Association approved Course Provider.

  • Read more about Joe, Nick, and Elliot.

Winter 2019/20 Courses

  • Rec Level 1: Anchorage and Turnagain Pass

    • December 11-15, 2019

    • December 18-22, 2019

    • January 1-5, 2020

  • Rec Level 2: Anchorage and Turnagain Pass

    • January 15-20, 2020

  • Rescue: Glen Alps Trailhead

    • December 7, 2019

    • December 28, 2019

  • Backcountry 101: Girdwood and Turnagain Pass

    • December 27th and 29th, 2019

    • January 10th and 12th, 2020

To Book

  • Go to the course webpage, read the details, then go to Avalanche Booking.

  • For private courses, contact an instructor to set up a course. Our schedules fill up months ahead. Get in touch soon!

Are you Rec or Pro?

If you're wondering, you’re 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. 



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
I froze my toes off but I feel I skied away with the tools to make better decisions in the backcountry.
— 2019 Rec Level 2 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
Alaska Guide Collective demystified snow safety techniques for me as a backcountry skier.
— 2019 Rec Level 2 student
Learn from the best, most humble group in the state!
— 2019 Rec Level 2 student

The mission of AGC avalanche education is to provide skiers, riders, and climbers in Alaska with practical avalanche knowledge and safety skills.