AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a 1 day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. 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. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills, and will receive a rescue card acknowledging the completion date. AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 course. 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.
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 $195 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). 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. More dates may be added, based on demand.
Please contact us if you’d like to be put on a waiting list for full courses or if you’d like to inquire about custom courses.
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 avalanche professionals.
Student Learning Outcomes
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 continuing practice.
- All students will have the opportunity to get feedback from an instructor on their rescue skills and timed practice in a realistic scenario.
Students who have previously taken an AIARE 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course will find value in having a professional help them set up realistic scenarios, 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.
Students must be able to travel in the snow, and bring appropriate equipment (backcountry skis, splitboard, snowshoes, etc.) for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.
- Ski socks
- Long underwear top and bottom
- Fleece or softshell pants
- Fleece Jacket
- Hard shell (Gore-Tex or other waterproof/breathable) pants/bibs and jacket
- Puffy coat (synthetic or down)
- Warm hat
- Balaclava/neck warmer
- 1 pr. approach/lightweight gloves
- 1 pr. warm waterproof gloves or mitts
- Day pack (approx. 3000 cu. in)
- Headlamp with extra batteries
- 2 liters of water or thermos
- Lunch and snacks for each day
- Lip balm
- Sun screen
- Alpine touring or Telemark skis or Splitboard with skins, or Snowboard and snowshoes, or just snowshoes.
- Ski Boots
- Ski poles
- Repair kit
- altimeter watch
- first aid kit
- Mt. Washington map
We will supply you with beacon, probe and shovel, but if you have your own, please let us know.
Our typical schedule includes meeting at the Synnott Mountain Guides office at 8:00 AM, dressed and packed for a field day. We’ll conclude the day around 4:30 PM.
What is your COVID-19 policy?
We will be continually monitoring the changing COVID-19 situation and will let you know about COVID-19 guidelines when we reach out about course specifics.
How large will groups be?
Our field groups typically consist of seven people, including the instructor. Private courses are available if you inquire very early in the season, and pricing will vary.