Lotus Alpine Adventures is pleased to offer small group, custom and private, avalanche education courses for 2023 on Vail Pass, CO for select pre-set dates and custom dates on request.
All courses will be lead by longtime avalanche educator, avalanche forecaster, ski patroller, ski guide, and IFMGA mountain guide….Jayson Simons-Jones. Jayson has made a career over the past 20 years of being in the snow, mountains, and avalanche terrain of Colorado, as well as being a former contributor to both AIARE Recreational Level 1 & 2 curriculum development; and more recently in the world of avalanche curriculum and training in the Professional Level 1 & 2 course tract.
He knows the in’s and out’s of effective field-based avalanche teaching skills through experience, having run a large AIARE avalanche course program as the previous owner/operator of Crested Butte Mountain Guides. As well, as having taught hundreds of students, guides, and other snow professionals throughout the years in various mountain zones and snowpacks around the state of Colorado. These days, Jayson’s focus is mostly in instructing in the Professional Programs Tract for both the Silverton Avalanche School and the American Avalanche Institute, but for the 2021/2022 season, there will be a small amount of time set aside for AIARE Recreational Level 1 and one Rec Level 2 / Pro 1 Prep Course in the Vail Pass region of Colorado.
Jayson says, “the Rec 1 course is still one of my favorite courses to teach because of the level of enthusiasm of participants, as well as the importance of instruction in these courses to deliver a very solid base and foundations of skills for participants to begin their backcountry career with. It is a both a privilege and a lofty challenge to be in the role of helping to lay the groundwork for backcountry enthusiasts education for many years and seasons to come.”
As well as a small slate of scheduled dates for the upcoming Winter season, custom and private Companion Rescue Courses, AIARE Rec 1, Rec Level 2, and also an overall 2-day ‘experienced user course’ built from Jayson’s extensive knowledge and experience are all being offered this season from Lotus Alpine Adventures through our membership in the Certified Guides Cooperative.
Sign up today, spots are limited to 6 people per program !