Hut Related Workshops, Events and Courses
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 in the pre-season just as the first snows fall and will take place in Boulder and Vail. 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.
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 (3 days, 3 nights)
- January 4 - 7, 2018
- January 18 - 21, 2018
- March 1 - March 4, 2018
- March 15 - March 18, 2018
For more information Click Here.
Other Avalanche Courses
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.
- January 12 - 14, 2018
- February 9 - February 11, 2018
- February 23 - February 25, 2018
- March 2 - March 4, 2018
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.
Interconnect Ski Tour
The 10th Mountain Division Hut Association and Paragon Guides are offering the 2018 Interconnect Ski Tour from January 15th to 19th. This demanding ski tour travels through the western side of the hut system starting in Vail and ending in Aspen. We begin at the Estin hut and head south to the Gates hut, located in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. The third night finds us at the Diamond J Ranch for some well deserved rest and a shower. Then we tour to Margy’s hut and enjoy the amazing views of the Elk Range before finishing up in Aspen on the final day.
For more information contact Paragon Guides at 970-926-5299
In the Fall each year we try and do informational presentations on the the hut system and hut trips at REI's on the Front Range. The talks are great opportuinity for people to get acquainted with the hut system and hut trips. Whether you are a regular hut user, or have always wanted to know more about the best hut system in North America this presentation could help send you on your way to one of the 35 huts waiting for you high in the Colorado Rockies. Our expert staff will be on hand to answer all of your questions whether you want to know about winter or summer travel to the huts. This Fall we're hosting talks at 3 different REI's; Boulder, Denver and Dillon. Follow the links below to register because there is limited seating and we've had these sell-out in the past.
- Boulder: October 25th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Register
- Dillon: November 14th, 6:00pm - 7:30pm Register
- Denver: November 16th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm Register