AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

Learn the fundamentals of avalanche rescue so you can save your partner’s life if the unimaginable happens.

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be refreshed on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE Level 2 and Pro 1 courses. We recommend that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card every 2-3 years.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche.
  • Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
  • Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continued practice.

 Difficulty: No experience necessary

 Duration: 8 hours

 Meeting Time: 8am

 Meeting Location: The day will begin with a brief Zoom session before going into the field. To maximize learning outcomes, the field locations will be at locations such as Atkinson’s Park, Baker Creek, Stanley Park and a variety of locations on Galena Summit.

 What We Provide:

  • Highly trained, professional, and fun AIARE avalanche instructors
  • Avalanche rescue equipment if needed

 What You Need:

  • Over-snow travel equipment: Alpine touring, telemark, split-board, or snowshoes
  • Cold weather outdoor clothing
  • Lunch and water
  • Be sure to read our Preparing For Your Avalanche Course page.

 Dates: 

  • December 17, 2022
  • January 7, 2023: Avalanche Rescue Refresher
    • This course is intended for backcountry skiers/riders that have previously taken an Avalanche Rescue Course and are looking to refresh their skills.
  • January 28, 2023
  • February 9, 2023

Ratio: 5:1

 Rates: $180/person (based on 3 person minimum)