Welcome to Avalanche Science!
Experience backcountry guiding with Avalanche Science.
With Avalanche Science, you will experience unforgettable steep powder skiing at Mores Creek Summit-Central Idaho. Or join Avalanche Science guides on an adventure-guided trip to Iceland and ride snowfields into the Arctic sea. Or simply enjoy the majestic Southern Chilean Andes' long alpine descents.
Avalanche Science guided adventure products include mountain safety education.
Avalanche Science is dedicated to providing the BEST Avalanche Education in the USA and at Magical International Venues.
Avalanche Science courses are endorsed by AAA (American Avalanche Association).
Greg Call, Professional Photographer
"Top notch Avalanche education from a top notch educator right in your backyard boise! Boise has been needing this for a looooong time."
Dave Bingaman, Avalanche Forecaster
"This guy is a phenomenal instructor and this is a great opportunity to learn about snow."
Michael Lanza, Creator of TheBigOutside.com
"I learned more during my Avalanche Level 2 course with Chago than in the previous 15 years of backcountry skiing."
Vince Boelema - Ski Instructor and staff trainer. Sem Walls - Ski Instructor Examiner and New Zealand National Demo Team
"Chago combines his PhD level snow science background with his deep passion for skiing and people to deliver education that you will not forget. It's not often that courses are as enjoyable as they are educational. Highly recommended!"
Ryan Burr - Elementary School Teacher
Skiing with Chago is like purchasing a BMW. You know you are going to be safe and have style"
Ryan Bentley - Program Manager at Youth Dynamics Adventures and Soldier Mountain Ski Patroller
I just finished a course with these guys. Very passionate and great instruction.
Mores Creek Summit is definitely a hidden treasure you’d get to explore as an added bonus.
Brendan Flynn - Completed Avi L1 during his first 3-days of Backcountry Skiing ever!
Chago connected sub-nanometer phenomena (shape and properties of water molecules) through millimeter scale (sintering, faceting) to explain what triggers an avalanche hundreds of meters in size. This was fascinating.
Lucy Hedges - Completed Introduction to Safe Travel In Avalanche Terrain and Avalanche Rescue Course
Chago was fun to work with and gave me instructions that made me feel confident and aware.
Laureline Magnin, Sustainable Development Manager, Geneva-Switzerland
"Chago is a great mountain guide. He knows a lot about snow, is very nice and interesting and give you good tools to analyze the terrain." Laureline Magnin, project manager in sustainable development
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Paul Whitworth, Prestige Skateboards Shop, Boise
I highly recommend Chago's class. I felt really lucky to be able to take a class from him so close to Boise. The class was really thorough and he takes pride in making sure that you have the tools and the knowledge to be safe in the backcountry.
Drew Dodson, Boise Weekly Reporter
I would highly recommend Avalanche Science's Level 1 course for those looking to get into the backcountry for the first time as well as experienced backcountry navigators.
Robby Milo, IT Specialist
I am incredibly happy that I took my Level 1 with Avy Science. The small class size, quality course material rooted in data and facts, and an instructor passionate about snow science and avalanche education put this course above all others
Chago was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate. It is hard to not engage with the material when the instructor cares that much
Chago knows his material and has been studying avalanche science for many years. This experience shows in his avalanche classes as he explores different hazards on different terrain, changing weather impacts on snowpack, and rescue strategies.
As an avid backcountry user, it was nice to capitalize on the knowledge of Chago and Nico to get an in-depth understanding of the snowpack. Instead of just testing for whether something was stable or not, understanding what was going on during the test to make a slope stable or not was a huge takeaway for me.
Chago is one of the best instructors I have had in any type of field class. I say this because he is passionate about the information and material he is teaching. Sharing that passion was inspirational, and it made the class fun and the material easy to understand.
Great teachers explain the "why", not just the "what". This allows willing students to immediately comprehend and commit material to memory. Chago is this kind of instructor! He understands snow at a level that allows him to answer detailed questions and discuss theory. And when you combine his teaching skills with his passion for snow sport, the learning is indelible and the fun paramount! I'd gladly take another course or pay for a guided trip with either instructor any day.
Santiago (Chago) Rodriguez
Avalanche Science Founder and POW Guide.
Avalanche educator since 1996.
Avalanche and Snow Scientist at the CryoGARS group - Boise State University.
Chago's passion is to ride pow with friends and clients!
Avalanche Science Guides
Avalanche Science is passionate about your FUN factor ... learn while skiing pow!
Avalanche Courses that that will ignite your fervor for exploring the backcountry!
Locations and dates of courses are carefully selected to offer course participants with the best snow and riding conditions. Our unique small class size allow us to provide a unique personalized learning experience and easily satiate your hunger for high quality backcountry touring.
PBS Terra Documentary of Avalanche Science Research at Mores creek Summit
Go to 4:10 minute mark for the start of Avalanche Science and BSU research activities at Mores Creek Summit
Excerpt: Rodriguez's commitment to both educate backcountry users and protect his favorite places remains steadfast.
"Just leave the place better than it was before," he said, noting the fragility of backcountry access. "Can you imagine if we all do that?"
French TV: Islande, Echappées Belles
Excerpt: Santiago Rodríguez, designed a microwave radar for avalanche detection that was installed this winter at the Arcalís station.