Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

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Every time you go into the backcountry, you should be practicing the descision-making skills that you learned in the AIARE 1 course. You've made your tour plans, you are moving through the terrain smartly, your group is communicating well. But what about those 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 and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at the course end.

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 and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

All students will have the opportunity to get feedback from an instructor on their rescue skills and timed practice with a realistic scenario.

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

Avalanche Rescue Course - AIARE

Course Goals

The goals of this course are to:

  • Provide a basic understanding of avalanches
  • Review decision-making and risk management in avalanche terrain
  • Review tour planning and terrain assessment
  • Review transceiver use and avalanche victim search patterns
  • Discuss new updates in avalanche research and rescue

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 07, 2020
  • Dec 14, 2020
  • Dec 28, 2020
  • Jan 09, 2021
  • Jan 11, 2021 - Stevens Pass
  • Jan 25, 2021
  • Feb 01, 2021 - Stevens Pass
  • Feb 01, 2021
  • Feb 15, 2021 - Stevens Pass
  • Feb 22, 2021


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

Private dates available upon request

Many of the above dates fall either right after an AIARE Rec 1 course or right before an AIARE Rec 2 course. Contact our office to see how you can bundle your Avalanche Rescue Course with one of these other courses.



$175 (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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