Avalanche Course | Colorado | New Mexico

Level 1, Level 2, Level 3

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.
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Photo courtesy Canadian Avalanche Association
Marc Beverly is the current 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 through the American Avalanche Association (AAA) teaching avalanche courses in New Mexico.
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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.
*NEW as of 2015-16 season*
BMG is contracted with the University of New Mexico EMS Academy to provide terrestrial rescue courses for the Diploma of Mountain Medicine (DiMM). As part of those courses, BMG will be offering AIARE 1 Courses to those students going through this program. Contact the EMS Academy for details.

Avi Course Equipment List

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Winter Season Courses

Dates: 2016-2017

South America El Portillo, Chile: AIARE 2 Dates: August tbd 2017 $400

South America
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. $400/person (course fee only). 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 : $375 Taos Ski Valley, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel.
Level 1
Taos Ski Valley, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel
Feb 10-12 (SOLD OUT)
March 17-19 (SOLD OUT) Please register for our April course.
April 7-9


AIARE 2: $495 Taos Ski Valley, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel.

Level 2
Taos, NM at the Edelweiss Hotel.
April 20-23 (3 slots left)

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


Level 3 Courses are listed and ready for sign-up on the AIARE web site (click here).

***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.