Hut Related Workshops, Events and Courses
- 10th Mountain Medicine Course
- Avalanche Courses
- Benedict 100 Lottery
- Informational Presentations
- Backcountry Exploration Program
- Seasonal Hut Intern Program
- Related Education Links
10th Mountain Medicine Course
Whether a veteran of backcountry adventure or a first timer, preparation is the key to a successful hut trip. The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association has partnered with the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Wilderness & Environmental Medicine program to offer a tailor-made course in backcountry first aid, specific to the high altitude winter environment of Colorado.
This 16-hour course will be offered at the Sangree Froelicher Hut near Leadville, Colorado. The course is equivalent to a Wilderness First Aid Course, but is contextualized for 10th Mountain Hut travel and extreme winter adventure, including topics of avalanche safety, high altitude, hypothermia, frostbite, immersion, snow travel, trauma, musculoskeletal soft tissue issues, dislocations/fractures, navigation, and lost persons.
Expert faculty from the CU School of Medicine will teach through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical skills, and participants will receive a certificate from the School of Medicine attesting to a WFA in the 10th Mountain Medicine Course.
- November 18-20, 2022
- December 2-4, 2022
Contact: For more info and to register visit the CU's course page here; CU 10th Mountain Medicine Course
Level 1 Avalanche Courses
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.
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 (unless otherwise noted) (3 days, 3 nights)
- January 6 - 8, 2023
- January 20 - 23, 2023 (Peter Estin Hut)
- January 27 - 29, 2023
- February 3 - 5, 2023
- February 10 - 12, 2023 (Margy's Hut)
- February 24 - 26, 2023
For more information Click Here.
Other Avalanche Courses
The Grand Huts Association, in conjucntion with the Colorado Mountain School, is offering AIARE Level 1 avalanche courses this winter at the Broome Hut.
You’ll spend three days and two nights exploring backcountry terrain on skis, splitboard, or snowshoes with dedicated AIARE instructors. Whether you’re new to the backcountry or an experienced veteran, Berthoud Pass has fun and exciting terrain that will provide a fun atmosphere for learning firsthand.
- December 30 - Jan 1, 2022/23
- January 20 - 22, 2023
- February 18 - 20, 2023
- March 10 - 12, 2023
For more information Click Here.
In addition to the 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.