Learn and practice the skills needed to respond to an avalanche accident. In case of an avalanche, an efficient and developed response is extremely important. This is a 100% field course so the entire course will take place outdoors, in the field. Apex Mountain School offers AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses almost every week throughout the winter season so you can sign up before or after your AIARE Level 1 course.
The AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses take a more in-depth approach to specific aspects of the AIARE curriculum such as the following.
This course is available to all ages 12 and up. (Ages 12-14 requires parents to attend also. All minor registrations must contact the office in advance of booking for prescreening approval.)
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.
BOOKING/ MORE INFO
AVALANCHE RESCUE – QUICK INFO
AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses are one-day and focus on avalanche rescue scenarios in a winter mountain environment. This course is a 100% Field Course, the entire course will take place outdoors and in the field. It is not a replacement of the AIARE Level 1 course but is, however, a prerequisite for AIARE Level 2 courses.
- Nov 17
- Nov 24
- Dec 1
- Dec 8
- Dec 15
- Dec 29
- Jan 5
- Jan 12
- Jan 19
- Jan 26
- Feb 2
- Feb 9
- Feb 16
- Feb 23
- Mar 2
- Mar 9
- Mar 16
- Mar 23
- Mar 30
- Apr 6
- Apr 13
*minimum 3 people to run
$235 – per person
- Apex Mountain School Buff
- SANS meal Bar
- Companion Rescue Search Card
- 1 Field Day
- AIARE Certificate of Completion
Easy – Moderate
One full day, 8am-4:30pm (8-9 hours)
*Start and end times are approximate
Meets at Office Avon, CO
Field Location: Vail Valley, Vail Pass, Fremont Pass and/or surrounding areas
*Courses run regardless of snow/weather conditions*
See our inclusion policy for special group requests.
WHAT TO BRING
- 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
When Federally, Statewide, or Locally mandated and/or recommended, or when deemed appropriate by Apex staff, all students will be required to wear a COVID-apprioprate face covering at all times.
AVALANCHE RESCUE CURRICULUM
- How to assign a leader
- Organize a group
- Implement structured search patterns
We adapt to the individual and collective skill levels of the participants. This way we provide the greatest value to the participants based on where they are with the rescue skills. These skills may include the subsequent rescue techniques.
- Avalanche rescue
- Multiple burial
- Deep burial
- Other aspects of backcountry rescue
Winter travel in the Colorado Rockies and beyond demands a strong knowledge of the following items so we can 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 made the one-day avalanche rescue course a prerequisite for AIARE Pro 1 and AIARE Level 2 courses.