AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course taught at Snoqualmie Pass that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. This 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 after the course.

Difficulty rating and Skill requirements

Good Physical Fitness

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

* Required Fields

Course Description

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at 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.

Student learning outcomes

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

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.

Who Should Take this Course? The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced recreationists, and aspiring snow professionals.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

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
Skis, Splitboard or Snowshoes
Ski Boots
Ski Poles
Climbing Skins or Snowshoes for uphill travel
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.