AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

Synnott Mountain Guides offers AIARE Avalanche Rescue courses in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. The 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. Photo: SMG guide Ryan Driscoll skiing South Gully in Huntington Ravine on Mount Washington, by SMG guide Nick Aiello-Popeo.

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 organized and led by:

  • Mark Synnott: AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide with over 30 years of experience working and playing in avalanche terrain.
  • Nick Aiello-Popeo: AIARE Level 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 $160 and all avalanche equipment will be provided by SMG (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.

  • Please choose the scheduled AIARE Avalanche Rescue course that you'd like to take.
  • $0.00
  • What will be your mode of travel during the course (ski or board w/ skins, snowshoes)? Do you have avalanche rescue gear (beacon/shovel/probe)?
  • We'll be in touch to work out specific details, but please briefly describe your outdoor background (relative to the course or guiding objective) and goals.
  • Please read and check the box if you agree to the policies.

    Online Bookings
    After receiving your online booking, we will get back to you within 1 business day via phone or email to confirm your booking. In the event that we cannot accommodate your booking, you have the option of having your payment refunded or applied to a future booking.

    Payment
    SMG accepts credit cards, PayPal, checks, and cash. Payment for AIARE courses is due in full at the time of booking. An exception is made for payment by check or cash...in these cases, payment is due in full at or before the course.

    Cancellations
    If you have to cancel your booking, please give us as much notice as possible. If you cancel 30+ days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date or you can request a refund. If you cancel from 14-29 days before the booking, we’ll apply the deposit/payment towards another booking at a later date. If you cancel 13 days or sooner from the booking, for any reason, the deposit/payment is forfeited.

    Weather & Winter
    Winter courses/trips are rain or shine. If SMG cancels a booking due to weather, we will reschedule you for an alternate date of your choice.

Course Information

Student Learning Outcomes

  • During the Avalanche Rescue course, we will train students to:
  • Describe what to do if they — or a member of their party — is caught in an avalanche
  • Identify and operate gear necessary for avalanche rescue.
  • Set up a realistic scenario in order to practice an avalanche rescue response.
  • Improve response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers.
  • Develop a plan for continued practice

Students who have previously taken an AIARE 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, keeping up with current best practices, and have an opportunity to practice advanced rescue skills.

Who Should Take this Course?
The Avalanche Rescue Course is aimed both at new and experienced recreationists, as well as aspiring mountain professionals.

Prerequisites
Students must be able to travel in the snow, and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

Required equipment for all avalanche courses:
  • 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
  • Goggles
  • Sunglasses
  • 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
  • Helmet
Optional equipment:
  • Repair kit
  • camera
  • altimeter watch
  • first aid kit
  • Mt. Washington map
  • compass

We will supply you with beacon, probe and shovel, but if you have your own, please let us know.

Mountains, Cliffs, & Routes

Conditions permitting, this course will take place in a variety of terrain on Mount Washington. We may also utilize other steep/open terrain in the White Mountains such as Crawford Notch.

Difficulty

Beginner - Advanced

Length

1 Day

Season

Winter

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