There is a minimum of 3 participants and a maximum of 6 participants per course. The cost is $150 per person. Participants must be able to travel in the snow, and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class.

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day, stand-alone course that is designed for new and experienced recreational backcountry travelers, as well as aspiring avalanche professionals. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while more experienced participants will have an opportunity to improve their current skill set, as well as learn about advanced topics through realistic scenario practice. Participants who have previously taken an AIARE 1 course will find value in reviewing previously learned rescue skills, as well as expanding their rescue knowledge, skills and abilities beyond the basics.

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging successful completion of the course. This course is intended to be retaken on a regular basis (every other year) in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and equipment. The AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course also serves as a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. All course participants will have the opportunity to gain direct feedback on their rescue skills through timed practice with realistic scenarios

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course each participant will 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 the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continued practice.

Dates for the 2017-2018 Season:

  • January 19, 2018
  • February 9, 2018
  • February 16, 2018
  • March 5, 2018

John R. Kascenska will be the AIARE Instructor for the 2017 – 2018 winter season.