AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

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

To reduce the risk of COVID transmission, our Avalanche Courses for the 2020-21 winter season will be primarily field-based (not a bad thing!). Participants should plan on a few hours of online learning before the course. During our brief time indoors, participants will be required to wear a mask and social distance.

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken 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 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 at least 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: Sawtooth Mountain Guides Headquarters in Stanley

 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


  • December 12, 2020
  • February 18, 2021

Ratio: 5:1

 Rates: $160/person (based on 3 person minimum)