Colorado Mountain College: Avalanche Technician Program

“The Colorado Mountain College program is designed to prepare snow and avalanche professionals for career paths in a new comprehensive fashion not available in any other venue. It will change the way we train and prepare people for the professional snow worker industry.”

– Dr. Kelly Elder, US Forest Service – Research

Study Avalanche Science Online and in the Field

Earn a Snow, Weather & Avalanche Field Technician certificate from Colorado Mountain College

Colorado Mountain College is known for snow-related degrees and programs. The Avalanche Science program expands these offerings into the world of snow science and professional avalanche safety training.

Designed by avalanche professionals from the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, CMC and USFS, the Avalanche Science program will help current and aspiring avalanche workers advance their careers with training and education.

Study Avalanche Science at 10,200 ft. The CMC Avalanche Science program delivers in-depth knowledge and experiential learning over a wide range of subjects. Guided by qualified, expert faculty you will:

  • Learn the fundamentals of weather forecasting & snow science
  • Master essential avalanche control and avalanche rescue techniques
  • Hybrid curriculum: online classes + 3 on-campus sessions per year
  • Designed and taught by respected avalanche experts
  • Prepare for a job in snow safety and avalanche safety
  • Complete a field internship in the mountains
  • Practice risk management, leadership skills and operational services
  • Track mountain snowpack over two full winters


Online classes + 3 intensive on-campus sessions per year

Course work is completed online via live web meetings. Three on-site, intensive sessions in Leadville are scheduled three times per year.