AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course in Washington

Our Avalanche Rescue Course allows you to practice avalanche rescue scenarios to learn how to effectively perform a companion rescue for a teammate buried in an avalanche. Avalanche Rescue courses take place at Mt Baker or Snoqualmie Pass, Washington.

**Prices will increase Oct 1, and Dec programs are filling up fast!
Overview
Itinerary
Prerequisites
Inclusions
Gear

We'll cover the following topics and skills:

  • What to do if you're caught in an avalanche
  • What to do if your partner is caught in an avalanche
  • How to use your beacon, shovel and probe
  • Rescue equipment technology
  • Rescue techniques for companion and small team rescue
  • How terrain affects an avalanche rescue and how to use terrain to your advantage
  • Visual search, transceiver search and spot probing
  • Strategies for using your gear effectively

Here's the schedule for your course:

  • 8:30 am - Meet your guide at the trailhead

  • 9:00 am - Cover fundamental avalanche rescue skills

  • 10:30am -3:00pm - Instructor rescue demo and participant led scenarios

  • 3:00-3:30 - Course ends

Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

  • Advanced Resort Riding skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions

  • Basic Backcountry Touring Skills - Including familiarity with equipment and avalanche gear.

  • Basic Fitness - Able to spend an active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of roughly 1 hour between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 3-5 miles and climb 1,000-1,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day.

  • Ski/Split Touring & Avalanche Gear - Come prepared with your own gear or rent from us
Shop Recommended Gear OR Visit our Rentals Page

The AIARE Rescue Course can be taken either before OR after the AIARE 1 Course

Here's what's included with your course:

  • Experienced AMGA/AIARE Trained Guide
  • Group safety gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
  • Wag bags for human waste disposal - in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
Not Included
  • Ski/Splitboard Gear
  • Avalanche Gear
  • Guide Gratuities

Ski Touring and Avalanche Program Gear List(Download Here)

Ski/Split Touring Gear

  • Alpine Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
  • Alpine Touring or Splitboard Boots
  • Climbing Skins
  • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
  • Adjustable Touring Poles
Avalanche Safety Gear
  • Avalanche Beacon
  • Avalanche Shovel
  • Avalanche Probe
Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Lunch and Snacks

  • Know Before you go

    SKILL LEVELTouring Experience
    ELEVATION3,000’-6,000’
    LocationSnoqualmie - Mt Baker

    Price $245.00
    Private Programs
    Duration: 1 Day
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    Private Programs

    Blackbird Mountain Guides offers both scheduled group programs and private programs.

    Private programs are simply above and beyond what Blackbird Mountain Guides currently has scheduled. Scheduled courses are not always less expensive. Before booking a trip with Blackbird Mountain Guides, clients are encouraged to review the differences between these types of programs, and to decide what works best for them.

    SCHEDULED PROGRAMS

    Scheduled Programs have fixed dates, itineraries, objectives, curriculum, and costs. They typically appeal to solo individuals or small groups or who are looking to share the cost of their program with a larger group. Correspondingly, scheduled programs are less expensive for smaller groups (1-2), and they provide the opportunity to meet others with similar interests. If you have a large group (3+), Scheduled programs will often be more expensive. They can fill up quickly, and scheduling flexibility is obviously limited.

    Scheduled programs will have advertised dates. All scheduled programs can be run as private programs with private dates/rates as well.

    PRIVATE PROGRAMS

    Private programs have scheduling freedom. They typically appeal to those who would like some flexibility in planning their own trip or course. In this regard, Itineraries and objectives can be tailored to suit current conditions as well as client goals. Private programs are normally less expensive for larger groups (3+). If you have a small group (1-2) private programs will be more expensive.

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    Full Itinerary

    8:45 am  Meet your guide at The Trailhead.  Open with introductions, gear-up and tour into the rescue zone.  We’ll begin with covering gear and fundamental skills before moving into an instructor rescue demo and participant-led scenarios.

    4:00 pm  We'll wind down the program to tour to the trailhead and debrief the major learning lessons of the day.

    We'll cover the following topics and skills:

    • What to do if you're caught in an avalanche
    • What to do if your partner is caught in an avalanche
    • How to use your beacon, shovel and probe
    • Rescue equipment technology
    • Rescue techniques for companion and small team rescue
    • How terrain affects an avalanche rescue and how to use terrain to your advantage
    • Visual search, transceiver search and spot probing
    • Strategies for using your gear effectively

    Here's the schedule for your course:

    • 8:30 am - Meet your guide at the trailhead

    • 9:00 am - Cover fundamental avalanche rescue skills

    • 10:30am -3:00pm - Instructor rescue demo and participant led scenarios

    • 3:00-3:30 - Course ends

    Here are the skills and fitness you'll need for your course:

    • Advanced Resort Riding skills - Including off-piste terrain in challenging snow conditions

    • Basic Backcountry Touring Skills - Including familiarity with equipment and avalanche gear.

    • Basic Fitness - Able to spend an active day outside, moving uphill at 1,000’ per hour for durations of roughly 1 hour between breaks. Participants should be able to hike 3-5 miles and climb 1,000-1,500 vertical feet throughout the course of the day.

    • Ski/Split Touring & Avalanche Gear - Come prepared with your own gear or rent from us
    Shop Recommended Gear OR Visit our Rentals Page

    The AIARE Rescue Course can be taken either before OR after the AIARE 1 Course

    Here's what's included with your course:

    • Experienced AMGA/AIARE Trained Guide
    • Group safety gear - your guide will be equipped with snow science tools and a first aid kit
    • Wag bags for human waste disposal - in with compliance 'Leave No Trace' principles
    Not Included
    • Ski/Splitboard Gear
    • Avalanche Gear
    • Guide Gratuities

    Ski Touring and Avalanche Program Gear List(Download Here)

    Ski/Split Touring Gear

    • Alpine Touring Ski or Splitboard Setup - No snowshoes
    • Alpine Touring or Splitboard Boots
    • Climbing Skins
    • Touring Backpack - with pockets for avalanche gear
    • Adjustable Touring Poles
    Avalanche Safety Gear
    • Avalanche Beacon
    • Avalanche Shovel
    • Avalanche Probe
    Clothing & Accessories
  • Technical Outerwear (jacket, bibs/pants)
  • Multiple Midlayer Options
  • Gloves
  • Helmet
  • Goggles
  • Beanie
  • Baseball Cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle / Hydration Pack (2L)
  • Lunch and Snacks
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