AIARE Avalanche Rescue
Who should take this course: The AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed at both new and experienced recreational backcountry users and aspiring snow professionals.
Course Description: 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 refresh and expand their skill set by exploring advanced topics and executing various rescue scenarios.
Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging the course completion date.
At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should 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
Use of Ortovox 3+ transceiver, probe, and shovel are included. Skis or splitboard are required.
Professional coaching and feedback: All students will have the opportunity to get feedback from an instructor on their rescue skills through timed practices with different and realistic rescue scenarios.
Students who have previously taken an AIARE 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course will find value in having a professional help them set up rescue scenarios, 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.
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Our COVID-19 Response to Avalanche Education for 2020/2021.
As we prepare for winter, managing the realities of the continuing global pandemic and the expectation of heavy backcountry use will inform our philosophy of scheduling and conducting AIARE avalanche education courses. In order to maintain social distancing and not overwhelm the backcountry with multiple users and their vehicles, we will be running our Avalanche Rescue courses at a 6:1 instructor to student ratio. Avalanche Rescue courses will be held on Saturdays. Please note that any of our AIARE courses can be scheduled as a private course to suit your schedule and training objectives. Thank you in advance for considering us for your avalanche education. All of us who enjoy backcountry skiing and splitboarding have an extra obligation this winter to teach and demonstrate the ethics, etiquette, and skill necessary to keep everyone safe in the mountains while preserving the environment that brings us so much joy and challenge.
$195 per student
Included: Student Resources, use of Ortovox 3+ transceiver, probe, and shovel.
Not Included: Transportation, accommodations, food, and guide gratuity.
Required gear: Alpine Touring Ski/Splitboard setup or snowshoes. Full winter backcountry gear. See our gear list on this page.
Prerequisites: Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow. AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have other no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.
Due to high interest in this course, full payment is required at time of registration. AIARE Rescue courses are refundable 30 days from course start, after which refunds will be issued only if we fill your spot.
2020/21 course dates:
- December 19 on Hoosier Pass
- January 23 on Hoosier Pass
- February 20 on Hoosier Pass
- Saturday Field Course will meet on Hoosier Pass (see map below)
- 8 hours in field
- Hoosier Pass
- Pikes Peak later season
Want more education?
- Recreational backcountry travelers will need to take the AIARE 1 Rec and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 Rec course.
- Aspiring professionals will need to take the AIARE 1 Rec and Avalanche Rescue as a prerequisite for the Pro 1 course. For those without the mentorship of a ski patrol or working at a guide service or similar, we recommend students take AIARE 2 Rec prior to Pro 1.
- AIARE 1 and Avalanche Rescue have no prerequisites and either can be taken first or without the other.
Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer