Snoqualmie Pass, WA; Mt. Baker Ski Area, WA; or Stevens Pass Backcountry, WA
Location
5 Hours
Duration
Outdoor
Setting
Intermediate
Skill Level

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to stay current with best practices in avalanche rescue techniques and equipment. The course is suitable for both new and return participants as each course will cover both the current thinking for basic companion rescue as well as more advanced scenarios. All students will be shown systems for additional practice on their own in between courses.

Each participant will receive a rescue card at the end of the course and will be given individual professional coaching.

AIARE recommends that all backcountry users take this course at least every other year in order to maintain a current skill set and to continuously expose yourself to the latest techniques in avalanche rescue.

It is important to note that the avalanche rescue components previously taught on an AIARE Level 1 course have been deemphasized in order to provide more field time for developing the decision making skills that prevent backcountry users from being caught in avalanches.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue Course the student should be able to:

  1. Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
  2. Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
  3. Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
  4. Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  5. Develop a plan for continued practice.

All participants will work intensively with our AIARE instructors to during realistic, timed scenarios. At the conclusion of each scenario you will be given detailed feedback on how to improve your technique and tips on how you can continue to train on your own time throughout the season.

If you have previously taken an AIARE 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course this is an opportunity to refresh your skills and more importantly be exposed to the latest thinking, techniques, and equipment used for avalanche rescue. As guides and instructors we train in these techniques several times per season and the course was developed out of a realization that most backcountry users take a course, but then do not train as often as is needed to maintain proficiency.

AGES 18+ for adult courses or 16+ with consent from a guardian and Kaf approval.
12-18 for youth courses.
PREREQUISITES Students must be able to travel in the snow, and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN Beacon design
Burial time-survival statistics
Beacon operation and search principles
Demonstration and practice of coarse, fine, and pinpoint search techniques
Practical rescue scenarios with single and multiple burials
Group management techniques for multiple rescuers
Probing and Shoveling techniques
INCLUDED 8 hours of professional instruction with AIARE qualified instructors
Rescue beacons for recovery
NOT INCLUDED Personal Probe, beacon, and shovel are required for this course
Touring skis (not cross-country skis), split-boards, and snowshoes are all welcome options.
Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel
EQUIPMENT Snowshoes with waterproof boots (we recommend insulated boots)
Skis, boots, and bindings (Metal edge skis, plastic boots, and Randonee/alpine touring/downhill Telemark bindings) Cross-country skis will not work for backcountry tours.
Splitboard with adjustable bindings that move into “tour” mode efficiently (Soft boots are ok, and hard boots are preferred)
Personal avalanche safety gear: beacon, probe, and shovel.
Personal layers
RENTALS We offer full-service rentals. If you need any gear, please visit our rental page.
TRANSPORTATION & TIMES Transportation and times will be coordinated by email when the pre-trip announcement is sent to all registrants.
WHAT’S NEXT? Still can’t get enough snow?: Join us for Skiing/Splitboarding: Advanced or Snowshoeing: Intermediate.
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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

 

Snoqualmie Pass or Mt. Hood , 8:30-4:30pm
As a full day, participants will meet at a designated park and ride convenient for all participants. Please consider driving as a caravan and all driving will take place on plowed roads to summit passes. Chains for your vehicle will be required.

The course covers:
Beacon use and how to wear it.
Beacon Function: range checks
Techniques on how to locate quickly and efficiently
Practice searching as single burial

Rescue digging
Practice searching multi-burial

Group rescue

There will be some walking on this course. Please plan on bringing your snowshoe/ski/splitboard gear you would use in the back country for practice. There will be long moments of standing in the snow for education in a cold environment. Plan on standing in the snow for up to 30 minutes at a time with short periods of physical movement.

Plan on being home by 7pm.

Mt. Baker Ski Area, Stevens Pass backcountry, Mt. Hood, or Snoqualmie Pass

Sundays 8:00-4:30pm:

Washington:
17 December
14 January
18 February
4 March

Oregon:
14 January
18 February

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CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

We are really excited to head out there with you! Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Book Online
CUSTOM COURSES We can create any custom course you would like, in any of our disciplines: Rock Climbing, Mountaineering, Backpacking, Ice Climbing, Yoga + Wilderness, and Winter Recreation. If you don’t see a date or time that works for you, contact us, and we’ll arrange something. You can find our custom rates here.

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