Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

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Every time you go into the backcountry, you should be practicing the decision-making skills that you learned in the AIARE 1 course. You've made your tour plans, you are moving through the terrain wisely, and your group is communicating well; but what about the other skills - the crucial ones to have when something goes wrong? This day-long course focuses on the critical rescue skills necessary for when someone gets caught in an avalanche.

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills in a timed, realistic, scenario. 

Students who have previously taken an AIARE 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course find value in having a professional help them set practice skills in a pragmatic setting, receive feedback, keep up with current best practices, and have an opportunity to practice advanced rescue skills.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course at least every other year.


Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

Course Goals

The goals of this course are to have students 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 continuing practice.

Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE


AIARE Curriculum Transition


American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) was founded to provide instructors with the tools to educate students about the knowledge and decision making skills necessary to travel in avalanche terrain.

The American Alpine Institute's Avalanche Course instructors are AIARE-trained instructors and will teach the standardized AIARE curriculum on each course.

Avy 1 - AIARE


There is no nationally recognized curriculum for avalanche education in the USA. There are many avalanche courses and programs available but in large part, course providers operate according to their own personal beliefs and ideas. There are few means for the public to assess the quality of an avalanche course or instructor.

 AIARE was formed to address this situation. They have developed and continue to develop standardized curriculum for a complete program of avalanche courses that meets the needs of students at all levels, from recreational to professional and from novice to advanced.

AIARE has created and will continue to create course materials for instructors and students to maximize the effectiveness of both teachers and learners. They require instructors to meet pre-requisites and attend a training session before they are allowed access to AIARE materials and curriculum. In addition, instructors are required to sign an agreement stating they will abide by the guidelines established by AIARE and they are required to attend regular refreshers to maintain and improve their avalanche knowledge, instructional skills, and their understanding of the evolving AIARE curriculum and materials.

Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

Dates & Details


  • Dec 09, 2022 - FULL- Waitlist Available
  • Dec 11, 2022
  • Dec 19, 2022
  • Jan 01, 2023 - FULL- Waitlist Available
  • Jan 09, 2023 - Steven Pass
  • Jan 13, 2023 - New Spots Available!
  • Jan 27, 2023
  • Jan 30, 2023 - Stevens Pass
  • Feb 06, 2023
  • Feb 13, 2023 - Stevens Pass
  • Feb 18, 2023
  • Feb 24, 2023
  • Mar 06, 2023


All programs held near the Mt. Baker Ski Area unless noted otherwise.

Private dates available upon request.

Many of the above dates fall right after an AIARE Rec 1 course. You can bundle together the Intro to Backcountry Course, the AIARE Rec 1 and the Avalanche Rescue Course for a discounted rate. Click here for more details:
Winter Comprehensive Part 1



$280 (4 person minimum)

Max Ratio - 6:1 (Climber:Guide)

Capacity - 12



Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites, although an AIARE Rec 1 avalanche course is strongly encouraged.

Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

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