American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education Rescue Course
AIARE Avalanche Rescue
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 expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. 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 Rec 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.
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 recreational skiers and aspiring snow professionals.
Smugglers Notch, Jeffersonville, VT
December 17, 2023, Smugglers' Notch, VT
January 29, 2023, Smugglers' Notch, VT during the Smuggs Ice Bash festival
Inclusions: Professional ski guide, AIARE materials and all technical Avalanche Equipment (Avalanche beacon, shovel, probe)
Exclusions: Personal gear, food, water and clothing, Alpine touring/telemark/split boarding equipment, skins, ski crampons*. (see equipment list for what to bring)
*Alpine Touring Skis or Splitboards with touring bindings and skins are available for demo for $40per day