Avalanche Course | AIARE | Colorado | New Mexico

Level 1, Level 2

The updates and Professional/Recreational split is coming, but the transition isn’t complete. Look more to learn on the practical side in the recreational courses this coming year. BMG has been doing this for many years, but our style has been recognized as working for the students, and so we will continue on in good style. Moreover, BMG initiated a stand alone rescue course several years ago, and will make this available for those who wish to get “ahead of the game.” Well, AIARE now has a stand alone rescue course. You will need BOTH the AIARE 1 and Rescue Course prior to moving on to any other courses in AIARE in 2018. Get your courses through BMG today !
Please note that the AIARE 2 Avalanche course will move to a 3 day (24) course. PREREQUISITE:  AIARE 1 + RESCUE COURSE.
Taking an avalanche course is an absolute requirement for those going into the backcountry. Understanding avalanche behavior is a fundamental skill for any backcountry traveler whether you are snowshoeing on a quiet trail or ripping it up on a snowmobile.We use a standardized curriculum from the American Institute of Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE).
Why AIARE? One word sums it up, “standardization”. If you take an AIARE course from any AIARE instructor in the world and then go to take another AIARE course, the next instructor already knows what you are coming into the course with. Many times, those who have not taken a previous AIARE course are deficient and have a hard time making up for the lack of a good foundation in concepts or technique.
It’s all about decision making in avalanche terrain, and we help guide you into asking the right questions to help you when you’re on your own.
James Marc Beverly is the immediate past Avalanche Delegate for the United States Mountain Rescue Association to the International Commission on Alpine Rescue, has contributed to the Educational Committee for AIARE and is the only Certified Instructor/Provider through the American Avalanche Association (AAA) teaching avalanche courses in New Mexico for the general public.
Our courses cater to the individual learning process with a low student to instructor ratio. Don’t wait until the snow is already deep to take an avalanche course. Being able to use your knowledge and skills after a course is best.How much does it cost? We’ve already done the shopping for you and our courses are “average” priced by market analysis. Save more time and money by looking for someone to carpool with and get signed up.

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Winter Season Courses

Dates: 2017-2018

South America

South America El Portillo, Chile: AIARE 2 CUSTOM Dates: August tbd 2018 $500; Includes a 1 day Rescue Course.

Chile: AIARE L1 – this course is a fun trip to go skiing and get your AIARE level 1 avi skills honed in August !!! Contact us for more information.

“Best-in-class” avi course + rescue course. Please contact us to make arrangement to stay at El Portillo, Chile. What better way to beat the heat and enjoy skiing in the summer than by going South and getting great skiing and avalanche instruction all-in-one!

AIARE 1 : $395 Taos Ski Valley, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel.
AIARE Level 1 Rec (three day course – be sure to check the rescue courses adjacent to the Avi courses)
Taos Ski Valley, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel

Dec 8-10
Dec 11-13
Jan 4-6 (Finish up your winter break education strong with an Avi course!)
Feb 9-11

April 6-8
April 20-22

AIARE 2: $450 Taos Ski Valley, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel.

Level 2 (mandatory to have a current Rescue Course prior to AIARE L2 course)
Taos, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel.

March 15-17 – cancelled

RESCUE COURSES $125 Taos Ski Valley, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel (a prerequisite to AIARE L2 course).

Dec 7
Dec 14
Jan 3
Jan 7
Feb 8
March 12

April 5
April 19Book at the Edelweiss Hotel (800-458-8754) at the base of Taos Ski Area for lodging!

***NEW*** Reinfjord, Norway – guided skiing with personal avalanche education..and the journey of a lifetime
This trip is for the adventurous guest who seeks all that is wholesome in the adventure of backcountry skiing and for the love of the unknown. Read our recent dispatch!


Certainly the appeal of Reinfjord it that it is Wild, Isolated, unexplored, and WE know how to access it 😉 The current limiting factor in the greater area is beds. We can attest to the fact that people are hungry for the skiing there.

One photo is taken from the beach in Reinfjord (none of those lines have been skied yet, trodden is not how you can describe Reinfjord). Across the fjord in the distance you can just make out the sawteeth of Kvænangen. In the lower picture is us finishing some mixed climbing and preparing for a first descent from Kvænangen. Aside from the many customer friendly routes in the area is an overwhelming amount of terrain that excites those looking for some technical fun.

According to a summer rock climbing guide of sorts to the area, he describes some of the routes that have been explored in the past. The local glaciers are not as “vertical” as they are in the alps… but Jøkelfjord glacier does calv into the fjord (the only European glacier to do so).

From a historical note:
Currently the situation with the fish cannery is a bit unsure. The building is massive, and requires an extensive rebuild, not to mention the large amounts of asbestos abatement needed on-site. I am trying to get responses from local officials on some rumors of “clean-up orders” that may exist on the property, and get estimates for asbestos remediation. However, I have a number of contacts with locals and can easily arrange houses to stay in. Where I stayed this March has for example 10 sleeping places, and a large common area. The owner is going to install a hot tub and sauna with an updated porch soon. So, in the meantime while I work on the physical lodge, exploring the viability of Reinfjord as a tourist destination, and working out the food concept that will occur at other overnighting places in Reinfjord.


Obviously, you should get on-board while the gettin is good. It very rare that you come across such motivation in development, and on such a grand scale. Let us help you have an adventure to be remembered with great lines, beautiful views, and a feeling of an enduring sense of pioneering.