Avalanche Education at Bell Lake Yurt

There is no skill more important for backcountry skiers and riders than recognizing and assessing avalanche hazard, and using well-gathered information to make safe decisions. Let our team of friendly, experienced avalanche educators help you master the strategies to make the backcountry a rewarding place to play--for an entire lifetime of powder turns. All of our courses adhere to current American Avalanche Association (AAA) standards.

1.) Level 1 Avalanche

2.) Rescue Fundamentals--New for 2017-18!

3.) Level 2 Avalanche

Level 1 Avalanche

Get a Level 1 avalanche course and a fully guided, catered yurt trip! Bell Lake Yurt's immersive, high-country environment takes avalanche education where it belongs: into the backcountry. Spend three days and two nights learning in the mountains--not a classroom.

3 Days/ 2 Nights

$575/person all inclusive

  • Price includes professional instruction, three days and two nights at beautiful Bell Lake Yurt, all meals, a certificate of completion, and plenty of turns! Compare at $400+ for town-based courses, and Bell Lake Yurt provides amazing value.             
  • With a maximum class size of eight (vs. up to 24 in other courses), and a maximum instructor ratio of 4:1 (vs. up to 7:1 in other courses) students receive personalized attention and the best quality experience possible.
  • Guests will need touring bindings and skins or a splitboard (no snowshoes, please), and an avalanche transciever, shovel, and probe. Gear rentals are available at very reasonable prices at local shops and through Montana Alpine Adventures. Please call 406-581-5754 for details.

NOTE: Bell Lake Yurt Level 1 avalanche courses take place in the backcountry. The approach to our yurt is 2.6 miles and 1,600 feet, which usually takes around three hours of skinning with a daypack and sleeping bag. Please be physically prepared.


2017-18 Course Schedule:

(Click Dates Below to Register)

1.) Dec. 8-10, 2017 (8 Spaces)

2.) Dec. 15-17, 2017 (8 Spaces)

3.) Dec. 29-31, 2017 (6 Spaces)

4.) Jan. 5-7, 2018 (7 Spaces)

5.) Jan. 12-15, 2018 (8 Spaces)


Please read important payment details at bottom of page.

Custom course dates available for groups of four or more!

Rescue Fundamentals Course

1 Day Field Session


2017-18 Course Schedule


Level 2 Avy Courses

For those who have already taken a Level 1 course and want to take the next step in their mountain education, Montana Alpine Adventures is offering a uniquely immersive yurt-based Level 2, January 18-21, 2018. With one day of classroom instruction, followed by three days and two nights at the yurt, it's the absolute best way to learn more advanced avalanche and travel skills! 

4 Days


Students must have previously taken a 24-hour Level 1 course, with at least one season between your first and second courses. Call 406-581-5754 to register.

Here's what people are saying:

Being in the real backcountry rather than lift-served terrain made it far more real, and I learned a LOT. Highly recommend.
The MAA courses are an incredible value. WAY better than the town-based course I took before. A great experience!
The small group size and super personable instructors really made me comfortable asking questions.
Very well-organized and professional—and the setting can’t be beat!

Important Payment and Booking Info

  • Courses and camps require full payment at time of booking.
  • Courses are non refundable, unless your position in the class can be filled. An $80 administrative fee will be assessed to all refunds.
  • Payments may be made via MasterCard or Visa--sorry, checks are no longer accepted. Rates do not include 3% CC processing fee or guide gratuity.