Hut Related Workshops, Events and Courses
Avalanche Safety Courses
This winter there are two different types of avalanche courses being offered at the huts. There are the standard Level 1 courses which follow the AIARE curriculum for Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain, taught by Aspen Alpine Guides. In addition this winter there will also be an Advanced Level 1 course taught by Aspen Expeditions. This course is intended for those who have recently taken an AIARE (or equivalent) Level 1 course and would like more in-the-field experience. The class will introduce some Level 2 concepts and snow science but will focus on the practical application of Level 1 skills in a touring enviroment. For more info and schedules please follow the links below:
Level 1 Avalanche Course
These level I avalanche classes follow the AIARE curriculum for Decision Making in Avalanche Terrain
The level one is a 3 day/24 hour introduction to avalanche hazard management. The course is expected to:
- Provide a basic understanding of avalanches
- Describe a framework for decision making and risk management in avalanche terrain
- Focus on identifying the right questions, rather than on providing “answers.”
- Give lessons and exercises that are practically oriented, useful, and applicable in the field.
Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught).
All courses begin Thursday night in Leadville with a lecture, followed by a Friday morning lecture. We will then travel into the backcountry for two nights at the Sangree M. Froelicher hut.
All participants should be comfortable on backcountry touring gear, either touring skis with skins, splitboard with skins or snowshoes. Advanced Level 1 students must have completed Level 1 or the equivalent.
Avalanche courses are offered through Aspen Alpine Guides and hosted by 10th Mountain Division Hut Association. Classes are limited in size and fill quickly. To register, contact Aspen Alpine Guides via email or at 970-925-6618.
Level 1 Avalanche Course at Sangree M. Froelicher Hut (3 days, 3 nights)
- January 9th - 12th, 2014
- January 30 - February 2nd, 2014
- February 27th - March 2nd, 2014
For more information Click Here.
Other Avalanche Courses
In addition to the 10th Mountain sponsored avalanche workshops listed above, avalanche education is available through private guide services, community colleges, and other groups. Some courses are mulit-day events, often based out of a hut, while other programs are classroom based or involve a day field trip. The Colorado Avalanche Information Center offers a thorough list of avalanche education providers on the education page of the CAIC website.
Wilderness First-Aid Courses
Desert Mountain Medicine: Wilderness First Aid & Wilderness First Responder Recertification
Aspen Alpine Guides will be hosting a Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder Recertification course at 10th Mountain’s Sangree M. Froelicher Hut on June 20, 21 and 22, 2014 (Friday through Sunday).
Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is a 16-hour course that is a great introduction to wilderness medicine and can be particularly useful for group leaders, guides or enthusiasts who require more than what an urban first aid course can provide. The emphasis of the course is on recognition and treatment of treating life-threatening traumatic and medical emergencies, common wilderness injuries, bandaging and splinting, and environmental injuries. An American Heart Association CPR component is included in the curriculum.
Wilderness First Responder Recertification (WFR Recert) is a 24-hour course that provides continuing education and recertification of Wilderness First Responder credentials. Course certification is through Desert Mountain Medicine and follows a curriculum standard accepted by the Wilderness Medical Society and recertification is accepted by other agencies. The WFR Recert course is offered concurrently with the WFA course but additional pre-course work is required in order to meet curriculum standards. The packet of pre-course work is available here.
Dates 2014: This years class has been cancelled. You can contact Aspen Alpine Guides for additional courses or optionsContact: For more info, call Aspen Alpine Guides at 970-925-6618 or email Aspen Alpine Guides.
Interconnect Ski Tour
Tenth Mountain Division Hut Association and Paragon Guides are offering the 2014 Hut Ski Interconnect. The Interconnect-2014 is a unique multi-hut, multi-night hut trip traveling from Eagle to Aspen, January 13-17, 2014. You can sign by contacting Paragon Guides at (970) 926-5299 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Benedict 100 Hut to Hut Ski Trip
The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association in conjunction with Aspen Alpine Guides is offering the 2014 Benedict 100 from January 26th to 31st. This is an extraordinary opportunity to ski-tour from Aspen to Vail on a guided and supported six-day adventure that will cover over 80 miles of mixed terrain with accumulated ascents approaching 17,000 vertical feet for the journey.
The Benedict 100 is a very strenuous trip. It not only requires a strong training base, physical endurance, and good backcountry ski experience, but also demands mental focus and determination. All this to cover nearly 100 miles on skis, in six long days,in potentially cold temperatures, and while on remote trails in varying snow conditions. Reservations and Additional Information: Aspen Alpine Guides (970) 925-6618