Slide Snow School was organized to meet the need of a growing number of skiers, snowmobilers, snowboarders, snowshoers, ski patrollers, forecasters, ice climbers, mountaineers and general snow enthusiasts that seek to increase their knowledge about avalanche awareness and rescue.

Slide Snow School teaches the most current American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education’s proven, unified curriculum. AIARE provides a unified approach that builds logically on itself from a 1 hour avalanche awareness presentation to a 78 hour Level 3 advanced course.

Slide Snow School is focused solely on avalanche education. Our goal is to arm students with the knowledge to make informed decisions and stay safe.

The Sierra Nevada with its varied snowpack, and abundant, easily accessed avalanche terrain, is an ideal place to learn stability assessment, rescue, snow science, and route-finding.

About the Instructors

Upcoming Classes


Awareness Jan. 8th
Level 1 Starts Jan 11th
Level 2 Starts Feb. 6th
Level 1 Starts Feb 21st

Introduction to Backcountry Skiing

The Avalanche Problem Link

Custom Courses Available, Please contact us!

What sets Slide Snow School apart from the rest?

  • Spend your money and time wisely! Be selective when choosing an avalanche education provider - they are not all the same
  • AIARE's unified curriculum
  • A wide range of experienced instructors.
  • Excellent facilities. Dedicated classroom for our courses, excellent terrain in-bounds and out, and the support from the folks at Mt. Rose. Make the most of every hour of the course.
  • Ski Patrol support. In the unlikely event that we have a first aid or other emergency. Mt. Rose ski patrol is a radio click away.
  • Our primary focus is educating professionals and the public about avalanche rescue and awareness.
  • Equal blend of lecture and field practice.