This one-day course is designed for backcountry recreationalists and aspiring professionals to take at least every other year to build and maintain proficiency in avalanche rescue techniques and to keep up to date on best practices in rescue techniques and gear. This course is also a prerequisite for AIARE Level 2. 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.
The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course at Snoqualmie Pass designed for new and experienced recreationists and aspiring snow professionals.
In this course you will receive professional coaching on your rescue skills and timed practice during realistic scenarios. Upon completion you will receive an AIARE rescue card.
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. 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.
Student learning outcomes:
Prerequisites: Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class.
Where is this course taught? This course is taught at Snoqualmie Pass.
The best way to become a backcountry skier is to take a backcountry skiing course. The ski touring course we offer just one hour away from Seattle in the Alpental backcountry is a stand alone course. We would like to enourage you to combine the ski touring course with one of our AIARE Level 1 courses.
The AIARE Level 1 Avalanche Course is an introduction to using decision making tools to help a group manage risk while traveling in avalanche terrain. You will learn how to recognize avalanche terrain and make appropriate decisions about your travel in the backcountry based on an avalanche forecast. You will also be introduced to topics such as mountain weather, snow pack analysis, tour planning, hazard recognition and evaluation, transceiver searches, and much more.
If you have been waiting for the opportunity to explore life beyond the ski lifts, try it for a day with our Intro to Splitboarding Course. The sport of splitboarding is progressing at a rapid rate and with equipment innovation comes a rapidly evolving skill set. Come join us if you want to make the most of a powder filled backcountry day!