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.
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
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.
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.