During your AAA/AIARE Avalanche Rescue 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.
AAA/AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AAA/AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AAA/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.
Please Note: Course fees are all-inclusive and include AIARE related fees, manuals, gear shuttle, lodging (with sauna and hot tub), and food!
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 AAA Level 1/AIARE 1 or a previous Avalanche Awareness and/or 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.
Avalanche Rescue Course Outline:
Personal protective and avalanche rescue equipment
- Identify and familiarize students with winter personal protective, avalanche rescue, and self-evacuation equipment and their proper use
- Demonstrate and practice routines to check gear’s function
Demonstrate avalanche rescue
- Introduce the Avalanche Rescue Quick Reference tool and apply it to a scenario
- Breakdown and practice individuals skills of avalanche rescue: assessing the scene and taking leadership, using a transceiver, using a probe, and shoveling
Single burial scenarios
- Learn to set up effective scenarios for practice
- Integrate individual skills into a rescue scenario
Patient considerations and evacuation
- Identify potential patient care considerations resulting from avalanche burial or involvement
- Name equipment for self-evacuation and communication to outside resources
- Describe considerations when interfacing with Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services
Scenario practice and feedback
- Integrate skills and receive feedback on rescue response from a professional
Advanced topics – Covered depending on student need and interest
- Employ probing on a line with a partner to reduce search times and need for bracketing.
- Apply foundational skills to multiple victim scenarios without close proximity burials.
- Recognize challenges associated with deep burials.
- Employ repeatable method (Micro-strip or 3-circle) for locating close-proximity multiple burials
Ability to travel in avalanche terrain. Required equipment for all avalanche courses: Equipment List
Upcoming Avalanche Rescue Courses:
*It should be noted, all course locations are subject to permitting and condition considerations and will be finalized a month out. However, all course locations are within driving distance of each other.
^ Pricing includes certified AAA/AIARE Field Instructors, one-way lift tickets for resort-based courses, and other benefits. Additional discounts/incentives given for private groups above 10.