AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

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.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Good Physical Fitness

  • Category: Ski
  • Type: Instructional
  • Ratio: 6:1,12:2

* Required Fields

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:

  • Describe what to do if you or a member of your 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 your response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.

  • Develop a plan for continued practice

Prerequisites: Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class.

Sign up for a course or a trip and receive a 10% discount on purchases and a 20% discount on gear rental.
Pro Ski and Mountain Service is our retail specialty store. It has been located in North Bend, WA since 1999.
The past trips and courses have had a large influence on what we sell. Many of our Pro Guiding customers come on trips and courses with gear they purchased from our store. Not only do we want our clients to have the right gear for the job; we also receive direct feedback from them while they are using it in the field. Trust us - if the gear does not work - we won't sell it.
1 Bottom - midweight or lightweight
1 Top - midweight or lightweight
Warm Socks
o Windshirt, Soft Shell, Fleece - only one of these is necessary
Lightweight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
Schoeller™  Type Pants
Warm Hat - should cover ears
Sun Hat - baseball type or visor
Lightweight Gloves
Ski Gloves
Day Pack – 25 to 40 Liters
Water Bottles - 1 or 2 liters, wide mouth, hydration system
Lunch and Snacks - appropriate for a full day
Sunglasses - adequate for snow travel
Sharpie Pen
Sunscreen - SPF >25, waterproof
Lip Balm - SPF 15
o Touring Skis (randonee), Splitboard or Snowshoes
o Touring Ski or Snowboard Boots, or winter boots is snowshoeing
Climbing Skins or Snowshoes for uphill travel (required)
Ski brakes or removable leashes
Transceiver - single frequency,  457 kHz only
Shovel - compact, lightweight, metal blade preferred
Probe - dedicated probe only, ski poles do not suffice
OPTIONAL ITEMS *We highly recommend these items, but do not require them to participate.
Notebook and Writing Utensil
Down or Synthetic Jacket
Winter Snow Boots – Sorel type
Thermos - vacuum type
Technical Gear
Group 1st Aid Kit

Where is this course taught? This course is taught at Snoqualmie Pass.