Join us for a two-hour Avalanche Awareness Clinic, recognizing the importance of informed decision-making in Colorado,

where avalanches annually claim a significant toll on backcountry enthusiasts.


As a state consistently leading the nation in avalanche fatalities, the need for preparedness is paramount for anyone venturing into the backcountry—be it backcountry skiers, splitboarders, snowshoers, snowmobilers, mountaineers, or ice climbers. This class serves as an essential introduction to avalanche dynamics, providing insights into how avalanches occur, their visual characteristics, strategies for avoidance, necessary equipment, and the skills required to make informed decisions in challenging terrain.


Led by Max Lurie, an American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) Course Leader, this clinic not only serves as an excellent first step in avalanche education but also doubles as a valuable refresher course. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or a backcountry newcomer, this clinic serves as an opportunity to deepen your knowledge and ask questions. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from those who intimately understand snow dynamics and are enthusiastic about sharing their expertise with you.



Please register below – This is a free event

January 17th from 6-8 pm at Bentgate Mountaineering in Downtown Golden


Have questions? Ask one of our guides!


(720) 282-9235 |


See below for more details


January 17th from 6-8pm

Free Avalanche Clinic

Join us at Bentgate Mountaineering for an evening of community, learning, and a chance to win stuff! AIARE Course leader Max Lurie will talking about avalanche awareness followed by a Q&A session.



Bentgate Mountaineering

1313 Washington Ave

Golden, CO 80401



Risk management is SAI’s number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent in the mountains such as avalanches, ice fall, rock fall, inclement weather, and high winds, but they cannot eliminate them. SAI guides draw from their wealth of experience and training to make sound decisions that maximize your experience without compromising the necessary margin of safety. Please clearly understand that mountaineering and all other mountain adventures are inherently hazardous sports. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which participants have been injured and killed. While those accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge the risk and hazards of these sports, and make their own choices about whether or not to engage in these activities.


Q:What am I responsible to bring?

A: Each one of course pages has information on what to bring under the tab “Price Includes”. We will also send you additional info on how to prepare for your guided day once via email once we have received your payment. 


Q:How fit should I be for my course?

A: Our courses vary from absolute beginner to more advanced techniques on the sharp end.  While a base level of fitness (moderate hiking) is generally necessary to get to the climb, all courses can be tweaked to match your level of fitness.


Q: What if the weather is bad and we need to cancel/reschedule?

A: Read our cancellation policy on our policies page.


Q: Do I need to have prior climbing experience?

A: Each course/objective has different experience requirements. This information can be found under the Prerequisites tab at the bottom of our course pages.  For example, you do not need any prior experience to enroll in our Intro to Mountaineering Course but would need some prior climbing experience to participate in our Learn to Lead Trad Course. 


Q: Is there an age minimum? Can I bring my kids?

A: No, there is not an age minimum and yes you can bring your kids! However, there are some courses where children would not be suitable. You can find more information under the “course details” tab on our course pages. Also, check out our custom guiding options where we can create custom itinerary for you and your family. 


Q: Will I need transportation to get to the climb?

A: Yes, we do not provide transportation. We encourage carpooling with other course participants whenever possible though to save the environment and parking space! Meeting times and locations will be sent out via email once you have booked a course with us. 


Q: Do you offer lodging options?

A: No. We offer recommended lodging options and sometimes discounted rates depending on the course or trip. Feel free to call us if you have any questions about lodging!


Please review our cancellation policy here.


Advanced registration is required to book this course. We have a limited amount of guides and book up regularly. Simply book online if you’re ready to secure a date or, give us a call during business hours if you have any questions.