Colorado Mountain College Will Offer In-Depth Avalanche Technician Program Starting Fall 2017


Study Snow And Avalanche Studies In New Program At Colorado Mountain College’s Leadville Campus

Leadville, Colorado – In the Fall of 2017, Colorado Mountain College plans to offer an in-depth snow and avalanche safety program. The program will be called SWAT – Snow, Weather, And Avalanche Field Technician.

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The program has been in the works since 2014 when CMC and the Colorado Avalanche Information Center started a cooperative relationship in an effort to develop the program. The SWAT program will consist of 21 credits and 500 hours over a course of two years. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate of occupational proficiency.

The goal of CMC’s SWAT is to fill a void in avalanche education in the US. It is designed for “aspiring and working ski patrollers, ski area snow safety employees, transportation workers, rescue technicians, environmental scientists, avalanche forecasters, government researchers and educators.” It will provide “advanced education and hands-on training.

CMC’s campus in Leadville, CO is the ideal location for this program due to the mountain environment, mountain weather, and high elevation access. CMC is already known for their top-notch ski area operations programs and this is a fantastic addition to their program offerings.

Read more about CMC’s new SWAT – Snow, Weather, Avalanche Technician Program at

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