The new AIARE Avalanche Rescue course is a one-day, stand-alone training designed to keep backcountry users abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. Participants will review the basics of companion rescue before expanding their skill set with more advanced topics and realistic scenario practice. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills and will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.
The AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. SMG and AIARE recommend that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year. If you would like to combine this course with another AIARE course at a discount, please visit the AIARE 1 or AIARE 2 listings.
The Synnott Mountain Guides AIARE classes are led by Mark Synnott (AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide) and Nick Aiello-Popeo (AIARE 3 Certified & AIARE Instructor). Mark, Nick, and the other instructors are able to not only teach the AIARE standard curriculum, but also draw on their own personal experiences and passion for avalanche awareness to prepare you for your own adventures.
The AIARE Avalanche Rescue course cost is $165 and avalanche safety equipment (transceiver/shovel/probe) will be provided by SMG for use during the course (however, you are encouraged to bring your own). SMG also has shovel/beacon/probe packages for sale at a discounted price for course participants, a great opportunity to equip yourself and learn with the actual gear you will be using when you are out on your own!
The course is best booked online, but you may also book via email or phone. You may book multiple people and pay in one order, but please complete this booking form for each person so we have full details. If you have a group and would like to setup a custom AIARE Avalanche Rescue course, please contact us.
The following list has the status of courses (please contact SMG if you’d like to be put on a waiting list for a full course) and you can book your spot using the form below the list:
- March 2, 2020 SPACE AVAILABLE
- December 23, 2019 FULL
- January 3, 2020 FULL
- January 17, 2020 FULL
- February 3, 2020 FULL