At the High Mountain Institute, we are proud of the quality of our programs, our safety record, and our risk management practices. The High Mountain Institute is fully accredited by the Association for Experiential Education and our field faculty and staff have first aid training. We strive to develop creative and challenging programming and endeavor to responsibly manage risks, knowing we cannot eliminate those risks. Students and their parents must understand that the High Mountain Institute does not offer “safe” programs and cannot guarantee students’ safety. Why not? Because a “safe program” would mean not exposing ourselves to any risk. Traveling in a wilderness environment or engaging in activities on or around campus, includes inherent and other risks, hazards and dangers that can cause or lead to injury, property damage or even death. For example, High Mountain Institute students are exposed to risks by skiing in avalanche terrain, climbing mountains, driving on snowy roads, and splitting firewood. High Mountain Institute activities, including those associated with wilderness travel and campus life, have inherent and other risks and are part of our programs.

For questions regarding HMI’s Risk Management program and policies please contact Justin Talbot at or 719-486-8200 x111.

In addition, please visit this link to download the High Mountain Institute Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risks and Release and Indemnity Agreement for additional information about HMI program activities and associated risks, and student and parent responsibilities.  In addition to other forms, participating students and their parents are required to sign this form before participating in any HMI program.