AIARE Avalanche Rescue

AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses are new this year, and are one-day intensives focusing on rescue scenarios. This is NOT a replacement of AIARE Level 1 and does not cover the same information. It should be considered as supplementary avalanche education. As of the beginning of the ’17-’18 winter season, AIARE has made the one-day avalanche rescue course a prerequisite for AIARE Level 2 courses, which are now 3 days in length. This course requires a minimum of three participants to run. If any course does not meet this requirement, the participants will be moved into another course date at no additional charge.


  • Nov. 23, 2017  : closed
  • Nov. 30, 2017  : closed
  • Dec. 7, 2017  : closed
  • Dec. 14, 2017  : closed
  • Dec. 28, 2017  : closed
  • Jan. 4, 2018  : closed
  • Jan. 11, 2018  : closed
  • Jan. 18, 2018  :closed
  • Jan. 25, 2018  :closed
  • Feb. 1, 2018  : closed
  • Feb. 15, 2018  : closed
  • Feb. 22, 2018  : closed
  • Mar. 1, 2018  : CLOSED
  • Mar. 15, 2018  : Approx 2 spots
  • Mar. 29, 2018  : Approx 3 spots


One full day (8-9 hours)


  • Avon, CO 81620


  • Course: $145
  • Cost does not include personal snow travel equipment.


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AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses with Apex Mountain School are offered weekly through the winter season. These courses are not designed to replace AIARE Level 1 courses. Rather, they take a more in-depth approach about specific segments of the AIARE curriculum, specifically relating to avalanche rescue. AIARE has made the one-day avalanche rescue course a prerequisite for AIARE Level 2 courses, which, as of the beginning of the ’17-’18 winter season, are now 3 days in length.

Backcountry skiing and snowboarding in the Colorado Rockies demands a thorough knowledge of avalanche risk. Appropriate terrain assessment and decision making skills are essential for the well-being of winter backcountry travelers. The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) provides world-class education through the only internationally recognized curriculum offered in the U.S. Be proactive about your well-being in the backcountry by expanding your knowledge and skill set through formal avalanche education.

Prerequisites: Participants should be prepared to travel in backcountry terrain (by ski, splitboard, or snowshoe) in potentially inclement weather and mountainous conditions at altitude. Advanced reservations are required. Some personal items provided by participant; see the gear list tab above. Register at the Book It tab above, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page.

What to Bring:

  • Beacon/probe/shovel (rental available)
  • Complete ski, split board or snowshoe equipment, including boots, poles, etc
  • *No cotton – cotton does not wick moisture or insulate when wet.
  • Water/wind proof jacket with hood, pants, and gloves
  • Any other items you would typically have in your pack on a backcountry trip
  • Small day pack
  • Water bottle and food
  • Headlamp and batteries

You may also consider:

  • Sunscreen
  • Ground mat (insulation so you can sit on snow)
  • Clinometer (BCA slope meter, also available on compasses)

Participant Forms: If you wish to complete your participant forms in advance, download and print out the pdf below. Complete both pages for each participant, and give to your guide at the beginning of your trip.

Participant Forms

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