COVID Policy 2021-2022 Season

Please Get Vaccinated! 

As of 8/25/2021

For 2021-2022 The policy is : 

COVID-19 Policy for the 2021-2022 Season
As we approach the 2021-2022 season, our main goal is to provide a safe experience for our students, instructors, staff and volunteers. COVID-19 continues to be a problematic situation throughout the United States. We are implementing the following policies for all courses and events operated by the Silverton Avalanche School. 

We will require:

Proof of full Covid-19 vaccination


Proof of a negative Covid-19 test within two days prior to the course or event.

If a student receives a positive Covid-19 test, they will be given a credit to attend a course at a different date. Those who are unvaccinated and do not take a valid Covid-19 test within 48 hours of the class will be turned away and no refund will be given.
The acceptable forms of vaccination proof:
An original, official COVID-19 vaccination certificate or photo of an original, official COVID-19 vaccination certificate (For residents of Colorado the myColorado™ app vaccination records are acceptable – all text must be legible. Out of state residents may use a similar app or a cell phone photo). The name on the vaccination record must match the name on the ID of the attendee. The vaccination certificate must match a valid form of identification such as a drivers license or passport.
Fully vaccinated means: you are two weeks removed from your second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or two weeks removed from your single dose of Johnson & Johnson.
Dates: If you are attending, your vaccination must show second dose of Moderna or Pfizer, or single dose of Johnson & Johnson, prior to the course or event.
Boosters will be available for persons who have received a vaccination after 8 months.
The acceptable form of a negative COVID-19 test are as follows:
A valid original negative Covid-19 PCR based Test (time-stamped within two days prior to event check-in).
Check here for testing sites.
All information is subject to change and we will modify this policy based on the best information available. Failure to comply with this policy means no refund.

Depending on the COVID-19 situation in area, masks may be required indoors.

We are following the national and international developments of the COVID-19 pandemic daily. Courses will return to in-person learning for the 2021 season. Backcountry skiing and recreation is a low risk sport with regards to disease transmission. We have taken steps to modify our program to ensure that staff and students are safe from COVID-19. 

The safety of our students and staff are the #1 priority as we plan the season out.

Upon registration for a course this season, students will be updated on a regular basis as the protocols update per venue. 


  1. Reduce risk: For activities in the mountains, low mountain ranges and other nature sports areas, stay well below the personal performance limit. More than ever: Only practice mountain sports when you are healthy to avoid any potential strain on emergency services.
  1. Only in authorized small groups: We will be following local public health and public safety guidelines. These may vary at different venues. Always keep the required social distance during greetings and discussions. Avoid high-traffic areas and tours.
  1. Keep a distance of at least 2m: Use a mask (mouth-nose protection) if, in exceptional cases, the minimum distance of 2m cannot be kept.  
  1. Avoid the usual contact rituals: e.g. shaking hands, giving hugs, sharing drinks with others, etc.
  1. Bring a mask (mouth-nose protection) and disinfectant with you : In addition to general emergency equipment, a mask (mouth-nose protection) and disinfectant should be in your backpack at all times.
  1. Wear a mask (mouth-nose protection) in permitted carpooling: Only carry out carpooling in the number and composition of persons permitted by the authorities. Use a mask (mouth-nose protection) if, in exceptional cases, the minimum distance of 2m cannot be kept.
  1. In an emergency: As a first responder, proceed according to the generally applicable first aid guidelines and use a mask (mouth-nose protection). When close to somebody, limit conversation to help reduce potential spread of infection.
  1. Disinfecting equipment: Follow manufacturers guidance on equipment cleaning and quarantine. Only use your own equipment. Minimize sharing or borrowing equipment.