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AIARE Rescue


AIARE Rescue, a one-day avalanche rescue course, is designed to be completed every other year, if not annually. Join our guides and AIARE instructors for a full day of bc touring and undertaking scenarios mimicking avalanches and how to rescue victims.  

Class size

6 students per instructor

Course dates

  • January 27, 2024 - Micah Krmpotich - Instructor

Private course dates are available – inquire with Ronnie in Reservations


The tour price excludes 6 % Idaho state tax; online and direct reservations incure a 6 % booking fee.

After booking, you may request to change your reservation time or date outside of 45 days, though we assess an administrative fee of $100 for each change. Please visit Policies for our full cancellation policy.


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AIARE Avalanche Rescue is for everyone—whether you are just learning how to use your transceiver, an aspiring professional, or a backcountry traveler with many years of backcountry experience. This one-day course is a place to both learn new skills and keep your existing skills sharp. Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for AIARE 2.

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Avalanche Rescue at Selkirk Powder is a full-immersion event. You will be given a one-ride pass for Schweitzer’s summit lift and use our vast bc ski area; the classroom aspects will occur outside our summit lodge, and the rescue practice element will occur in the summit snowpack to get as close to avalanche terrain as practical.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand-alone course intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and equipment. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills: new participants will learn the basics of companion rescue while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice.

Signal search instruction

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

In addition to avalanche rescue, we will also discuss tree wells – another snow hazard.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the 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 use equipment necessary for avalanche companion 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.

All students will have the opportunity to receive feedback from an instructor on their rescue skills in a timed, realistic practice scenario.

This course is designed for both new and experienced recreational backcountry travelers and aspiring avalanche professionals alike.


Students must be able to travel in the snow—please bring appropriate personal equipment to do so.

Avalanche education student
  • student handbook
  • certificate of completion

Please bring

Avalanche rescue class group
Meet at our desk in Schweitzer’s Lakeview Lodge.
Descend to Schweitzer Village.

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