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AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

1 Day | Companion Avalanche Rescue

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AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

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Colorado Adventure Guides offers AIARE AVALANCHE RESCUE courses based out of our basecamp in Summit County, Colorado. This one-day (8-hour) course is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of the best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn companion rescue, and returning students will expand their skills and knowledge with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice.

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AIARE Rescue Colorado

Companion & Small Team Rescue

AIARE Rescue is appropriate for both new and experienced recreational backcountry travelers, as well as aspiring avalanche professionals. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course at least every other year. The AIARE Avalanche Rescue course is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 Courses.

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What You'll Learn

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Identifying and using the gear necessary to avalanche rescue
Proper use of beacon, shovel, and probe
Pre-trip gear checks


Knowing what to do if you or a member of your party are caught in an avalanche
Participating in realistic scenarios to practice your avalanche rescue response
Advanced topics - multiple burials, advanced beacon functions, and evacuation considerations
Developing a plan for continuing practice

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AIARE Avalanche Rescue + Wilderness First Aid Combo Option

Take it a step further

Take the one-day, stand-alone AIARE Avalanche Rescue and combine it with a 16-hour Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course designed for the winter backcountry users. Bridge the gap between your avalanche education and medical response. Having solid rescue skills for avalanche response is crucial, but trauma related injuries account for 1/4 of avalanche related fatalities. Most people don’t think about the next step in an avalanche rescue or what to do if there is any other backcountry incident miles from help. This is where your medical training needs to come in. Outside help will likely be hours away. And let’s face it, accidents and medical situations in the backcountry can also happen even without an avalanche. Do you have the necessary medical training and skills? The Wilderness First Aid (WFA) course is the first necessary step to learn about wilderness medicine and basic life support skills.

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Colorado Avalanche Education

Why Choose Us?

Colorado is home to one of the most complex snowpacks in the entire world and people come from all across the globe to study our snowpack. Traveling in the backcountry requires a solid understanding of avalanche risk and the knowledge to mitigate these risks through appropriate terrain assessment and decision making. This can be an overwhelming endeavor for many and that’s why we have simplified things for you through our Backcountry Mentorship Program. From clinics, to avalanche education, to ski and snowboard mountaineering courses we have you covered and offer plentiful perks along the way.

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AIARE Rescue Perks

Perks of taking AIARE Rescue with CAG
  • 10% off Desert Mountain Medicine Medical Courses
  • Trailhead membership to CAIC
  • 15% off AIARE 1 and 2 courses or off a guided ski/splitboard tour
  • Access to all CAG snow safety videos throughout the season

General Info

Course Duration

1 day (8+ hours)

Course Dates

2024/2025 Course Dates;

  • December 7th
  • December 11st
  • December 21st
  • January 4th
  • January 8th
  • January 18th
  • February 1st
  • February 5th
  • February 15th
  • March 1st
  • March 15th

$219.00 per person

Student:Instructor Ratio

6 Students:1 Instructor


Summit Country, CO and surrounding locations.

Silverthorne Basecamp:

204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

Required Equipment

Backcountry Packing List

Avalanche Beacon

Avalanche Probe

Avalanche Shovel

Medium sized backpack (approx. 40L)

Alpine Touring Skis, Telemark Skis, or Splitboard

Climbing Skins (must be properly fitted)


Helmet (optional)

Recommended Clothing

Hard or softshell pants

Synthetic or merino wool base layer

Softshell jacket (optional)

Down or synthetic insulated jacket

Hardshell or water/wind resistant jacket

Light gloves for uphill travel

Warm gloves

Brimmed hat or visor


Neck gaitor or buff

Rental Gear

Backcountry gear can be rented directly from Colorado Adventure Guides at our Silvethorne, CO Basecamp.

Local Accommodations

Joining CAG for a Summit based adventure? Check out our partners at The Pad, Silverthorne’s first boutique hotel/hostel, centrally-located along the Blue River, in the heart of Colorado ski country. Built for the modern traveler, their affordable, yet high-amenity, lodging in beautiful Summit County, Colorado allows our guests to prioritize experience, adventure and to focus their spending on activities and experiences in the Rocky Mountains and our community. Just ask the folks at CAG for details or click the button below for 10% off your stay!

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Reschedule/Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be honored for cancellations more than 14 DAYS PRIOR to a course or a camp start time. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all cancellations.

Rescheduling will be honored 14 days prior to start date. An administrative fee of 10% will be assessed for all rescheduling. This allows us the time to contact those who have been put on the wait-list.

All activities are Rain or Shine. In case of operator cancellation due to adverse or unsafe conditions prior to start time, first the operator will attempt to reschedule. If rescheduling is not possible, the client will receive a full refund. Operator, including guides in the field, reserve the right to shorten or reroute activity in the case of unmanageable hazards or inability of guest to complete the objective. Completion of objective-based routes is not guaranteed.


AIARE Avalanche Rescue  can be taken on alpine touring skis or splitboard. No prior backcountry experience required but it is highly recommended that participants with touring gear have experience on their setup prior to taking this course. Alpine touring skis and splitboards are available for rent from local shops. Students on skis or boards should be comfortable in steep blue to black terrain at the ski resort.

Price Includes
  • Local AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors
  • 24-hour course with a 6:1 maximum instructor to student ratio
  • Student manual and weather-proof AIARE field book
  • Use of beacon, shovel and probe (if needed)
Price Does Not Include
  • Air­fare
  • Accommodations
  • Trans­porta­tion to and from designated meeting place
  • Food
  • Clothing and gear (see FAQ for recommendations)
  • Guide gra­tu­ities
  • Travel insurance (we recommend World Nomads)
Perks of Taking AIARE Rescue with CAG
  • 10% off Desert Mountain Medicine
  • Trailhead membership to CAIC
  • 15% off all advanced AIARE courses or a guided ski/splitboard tour
  • Discount on ORTOVOX Avalanche Equipment
  • Access to all CAG snow safety videos throughout the season

Frequently Asked Questions

How physically fit do I need to be for this course?

Colorado Adventure Guides is priority is keeping our patrons and students safe. Our instructors are trained to recognize potentially hazardous situations in the backcountry; they plan and operate accordingly. Prior to the start of any course or backcountry trip you will be asked to complete a brief health history. The failure to disclose pertinent information on the health history form could result in serious harm, even death, to the signing participant, other guests and/or the guide. All information submitted is completely confidential; it is for the guide’s use and would only be shared in the event of an emergency with medical and/or rescue personnel directly caring for the guest. Your ability to enjoy the adventure depends on your health and fitness, thus it’s recommended that you are in good physical condition.

What if I would like to book a private group course?

For those who would like to select all the members of their party, you may book a private group course. If you are interested, please let us know!

When and how do I meet up with the group?

For courses your instructor will contact you at least 2 weeks prior to course start to discuss details.

Should I tip my instructor?

Your instructors work hard before, during, and after your course to provide you with a great experience and while not expected, gratuities are always highly appreciated and if you had a safe, educational, and fun experience. Gratuities typically range from 15-20%.


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204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498

(970) 893-8007


    204 Ryan Gulch Rd Silverthorne, CO 80498


    (970) 893-8007

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