Avy Refresher


A 2-Day refresher course for those who have already taken a Level 1 course.




  • Vail Pass (from Camp Hale)
  • Summit County (Spring Creek, Tiger Road, Deer Creek)
  • Buena Vista (East Cottonwood Pass)
  • Crested Butte (Kebler Pass*, Taylor Park / West Cottonwood Pass)
  • Lake City (Slumgullion Pass)
Selecting a Course Location
“OPEN” Courses: If a course is listed as “OPEN,” participants can choose the course location from the list below. Simply include course location(s) in order notes.


Course Location Selected: A course that has a specified location behind the date (i.e February 12 – Vail Pass) has already had a specific location selected.

*Kebler Pass is only available to member’s of the Gunnison County SnoTrackers. Contact us for membership details. 


How to Register

1.) Choose a date (and location if the date is still showing “Open”) from the drop down menu.


2.) Pay for the course (in-full) using Apple Pay or by using the cart. Once payment is received you will receive a “You’re In” confirmation email. Curious about our cancellation policies? Check them out here.


3.) Within 48 hours of paying for the course, you will receive an additional email with access to a google classroom that has been created specifically for your course. Once logged into the google classroom, start by completing the registration form, and reviewing MMS’s waiver and cancellation policy. 

The objective of a refresher course is to polish  the perishable skills leaned on a full Level 1. The skills included on a Level 1 included…

  • Recognize avalanche terrain and understand safe motorized travel protocols.
  • Apply the current avalanche bulletin in tour planning and travel.
  • Interpret snow conditions and weather on different aspects and elevations in relation to slope stability
  • Apply simple decision tools in avalanche terrain.
  • Conduct a mock companion recovery and understand basic group management.

Optional Online Content: 

Students will have access to optional online content ahead of the course start.

Field Days:
The first field day is “lead” by the instructor(s) and the time is used to learn how to conduct solid departure checks, evaluate terrain, make observations, utilize safe travel protocols, and practice companion rescue. On the second field day, students combine everything they have learned to develop and “lead” their own tour. The instructor(s) will “follow”, while occasionally pausing the group to help refine their skills and take advantage of teachable moments.

AM Meetings:

Each morning before going into the field, students will participate in a professional AM Hazard Analysis & Ride Plan. AM meeting locations are typically decided by the instructor and are often held at local coffee shops, power sports retail shops, or trailheads (weather dependent).


Day 2 Debrief:
The final course debrief wraps up the course and may occur in the field or at a nearby establishment.