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 is, however a prerequisite for AIARE Level 2 courses.



Sign up before November 1st and receive a free beacon, shovel and probe rental with your Apex Mountain School 2019-20 AIARE course.                                                                                                                            
Additionally, If you are one of the first 4 people to sign up for any of Apex Mountain School’s 2019-20 AIARE avalanche education courses you will receive a free Ortovox Avalanche Backpack (airbag) rental


2019-20 DATES

  • November
    • 21
  •  December
    • 5
    • 19
    • 26
  • January
    • 2
    • 9
    • 16
    • 23
    • 30
  • February
    • 6
    • 13
    • 20
    • 27
  • March
    • 5
    • 12
    • 19
    • 26
  • April
    • 2
    • 9

    *minimum 2 people to run


    $195 – per person


    • Ortovox Gift Pack
    • Kind Bar
    • 1 Field Day
    • AIARE Certificate of Completion


    Easy – Moderate


    One full day (8-9 hours)


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

*Courses run regardless of snow/weather conditions*




Learn and practice the skills needed to respond to an avalanche accident. 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 the following.


  • How to assign a leader
  • Organize a group
  • Implement structured search patterns
  • Recovery

Similarly, we adapt to the individual and collective skill levels of the participants. As a result, we provide the greatest value to the participant based on where they are with the rescue skills. Altogether, these skills may include the subsequent rescue techniques.

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

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

  • Avalanche terrain
  • Avalanche types and characteristics
  • Human characteristics
  • 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. Avalanche Rescue 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.


Students 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, possibly in harsh weather. As a result, we urge that students come prepared for unfavorable conditions. Suggestions for attire are located in the “to bring” tab.


Are you ready to sign up? We look forward to working with you. So register with the accompanying calendar, call (970) 949-9111 or use our contact page to request more info.


  • 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

 During times of Covid-19 concern please bring:
Face mask, Hand Sanitizer, Rubber Gloves (if desired)


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