AIARE Avalanche Rescue

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AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses are one-day intensives focusing on avalanche rescue scenarios in a winter mountain environment. This is not a replacement of the AIARE Level 1 course. It should be considered as supplementary avalanche education.

  • Dec 6, 18
  • Dec 13, 18
  • Dec 20, 18
  • Dec 27, 18
  • Jan 3, 19
  • Jan 10, 19
  • Jan 17, 19
  • Jan 24, 19
  • Jan 31, 19
  • Feb 7, 19
  • Feb 14, 19
  • Feb 28, 19
  • Mar 14, 19
  • Mar 28, 19

Course: $195 Cost does not include personal snow travel equipment.


Easy – Moderate


One full day (8-9 hours)


Meets at Office Avon, CO Field Location: Vail Valley Vail Pass or Fremont Pass


This course helps promote your well-being in a backcountry skiing environment with the intention of expanding your knowledge and skill set through the internationally recognized AIARE curriculum. In case of an avalanche, an efficient and developed response may be extremely important. Apex Mountain School offers AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses virtually every week throughout the winter season. In addition AIARE Level 1 courses are available. The AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses take a more in-depth approach to specific aspects of the AIARE curriculum such as:

  • avalanche rescue
  • multiple burial
  • deep burial
  • triage
  • other aspects of backcountry rescue

Winter travel in the Colorado Rockies and beyond demands a strong knowledge of the following in order to appropriately asses and manage risk.

  • avalanche terrain
  • avalanche types and characteristics
  • human characteristics and
  • group dynamics This course provides world-class education through the internationally recognized AIARE curriculum.

Please keep in mind, this is NOT a replacement of AIARE Level 1 and does not cover the same information. Instead, it should be considered additional avalanche education. Furthermore, AIARE has also made the one-day avalanche rescue course a prerequisite for AIARE Pro 1 and AIARE Level 2 courses.


Participants should be prepared to travel in backcountry terrain by ski or splitboard (or snowshoe, if no other option). The course takes place in mountainous terrain at altitude in potentially inclement weather. Registration is required. Some personal items are provided by the participant; see the “to bring” tab. Register with the accompanying calendar, call (970) 949-9111, or use our contact page to register or for more information.

  • Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
  • Clinometer (slope meter, also available on compasses)
  • Complete ski, split board or snowshoe equipment, including boots, poles, etc
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Long underwear bottom (thin) – synthetic or wool
  • Long sleeve top (medium) – synthetic or wool
  • Socks – synthetic or wool
  • Ground mat (insulation so you can sit on snow)
  • Water/wind proof jacket with hood, pants, and gloves
  • Notebook (for lecture day)
  • Any other items you would typically have in your pack on a backcountry trip
  • Warm gloves or mittens
  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava
  • Goggles or sunglasses
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle and food
  • Headlamp and batteries
Interested in a Level 1 course? Check out our AIARE 1 Backcountry Couses, our AIARE Level 1 Vail Mountain, or our Private Course options.
The entire experience was literally life changing for me as an avid skier. I will never look at mountains the same…
This should be a mandatory course for anyone even considering back country skiing. The knowledge and focus of the teachers, the variety of material and the hands on one on one teaching both in the class room & the back country was life changing. I am now officially a “snow geek” & will embark on the next chapter of my ski life with a new pair of glasses. I cannot recommend this course strongly enough.

Greg N