Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that goes further in depth on rescue techniques. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. This course meets guidelines set by the American Avalanche Association and also meets guidelines set by the International Commission for Alpine Rescue (ICAR). This course expands beyond what students learn in a Level 1 to more complex rescue scenarios. Students receive a certification card at the end of the course.
All students will have the opportunity to get feedback from an instructor on their rescue skills and timed practice with a realistic scenario. Students who have previously taken a Level 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course will find value in having a professional help them set up a realistic scenario, practice skills in a realistic setting, receive feedback from an instructor, keep up with current best practices, and have an opportunity to practice advanced rescue skills.
Who Should Take this Course
The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced recreational backcountry travelers, and aspiring snow professionals. Students pursuing the professional track are required to take the 1 day rescue course prior to the Pro 1.
Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites. Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the Level 2 and Pro 1 courses. It is recommended that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course. We recommend taking the ARC every two years.
- Personal protective and avalanche rescue equipment
- Identify and familiarize students with winter personal protective, avalanche rescue, and self-evacuation equipment and their proper use
- Demonstrate and practice routines to check gear’s function
- Demonstrate avalanche rescue
- Introduce Avalanche Rescue Quick Reference tool and apply it to a scenario
- Breakdown and practice individuals skills of avalanche rescue: assessing the scene and taking leadership, using a transceiver, using a probe, and shoveling
- Single burial scenarios
- Learn to set up effective scenarios for practice
- Integrate individual skills into a rescue scenario
At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course the student should be able to:
- Describe what to do if they or a member of their party is caught in an avalanche
- Identify and be able to use gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
- Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
- Improve their response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
- Develop a plan for continued practice
- December 1, 2018 at Silverton
- December 8, 2018 (Womens) at Ouray
- December 15, 2018 (Womens) at Silverton
- December 15, 2018 at Telluride
- December 20, 2018 at Silverton
- December 29, 2018 (Womens) at Telluride
- January 3, 2019 at Silverton
- January 19th, 2019 at Telluride
- January 24, 2019 at Wolf Creek
- March 14, 2019 at Silverton
- March 21, 2019 (Womens) at Silverton
Rescue Courses will be added through the season!
Course runs 1 day from 8am-5pm
- Cost: $130 per person
- Included: Level 1 rescue card upon successful completion of the course.
- Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation.
- Cancellation Policy: A $35.00 fee is charged for course date transfers. 60% of the course cost can be refunded up to 30 days prior to the course start. No refunds are provided for cancellations made less than 30 days prior to the start of the course for which you are registered.