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Student digging a hasty pit.



Location: Summit County and surrounding areas
Duration: 1 days (8 hours)
Experience Level: Beginner, Intermediate SEE HERE
Cost: $219 per person

Join CSG and Colorado Adventure Guides on our AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course. This is a one-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 return participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills after the course. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching their rescue skills and will receive a certificate acknowledging completion at course end.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue Course and receiving a rescue course completion at least every other year.

​Topics Covered

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 continued practice

Price Includes​​

  • AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructors

  • 24-hour course with a 6:1 maximum ratio

  • Student manual and weather-proof AIARE field book

  • Use of ORTOVOX beacon, shovel and probe

Gear List

  • Splitboard, boots, poles, and skins

  • Beacon, Shovel, Probe (demos available upon request)

  • Synthetic or wool long underwear bottom and top (base layer)

  • Mid layer top and bottom (insulation layer)

  • Insulated “Puffy” Jacket

  • Waterproof Jacket and pants

  • Wool or synthetic socks

  • Warm gloves or mittens

  • Hat and neck gaiter or balaclava

  • Goggles and sunglasses

  • Day pack backpack (25-40Liter)

  • Headlamp with spare batteries

  • Water bottle (At least 1 Liter per person)

  • Food for lunch and snacks (can be provided upon request)

  • Hand warmers

  • Helmet

  • Hot liquid in thermos

  • Extra gloves (Liner Gloves for the uphill)

  • Chapstick

  • Camera

  • Write in the Rain Notebook and mechanical pencil

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