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.
This course is a mandatory prerequisite for both the Recreational Level 2 Avalanche Course and the Professional Level 1 Avalanche Course. Students taking the Avalanche Rescue Course need to be familiar with their own transceiver. Transceivers need to have flagging functions and have a three antennae system. If you have never used a transceiver before, you are perfect for our Backcountry Foundations 2-day course.
- 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
- November 29th, 2019 at Silverton
- November 30th, 2019 at Silverton
- December 7th, 2019 at Silverton
- December 12th, 2019 (Snowmobile) at Silverton
- December 15th, 2019 Mountain Trip at Telluride
- January 30th, 2020 Mountain Trip at Telluride
- March 5th, 2020 (Snowmobile) at Silverton
Rescue Courses will be added through the season!
Course runs 1 day from 8am-5pm
- Cost: $150 per person
- Included: Level 1 rescue card upon successful completion of the course.
- Not Included: Lodging, Food, and Transportation.
- Venue: Silverton Avalanche Classroom • 114 East 12th Street (Subject to change)
- 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.