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AIARE Avalanche Rescue course


Are you prepared to locate and dig out your backcountry buddy? Are they ready to do the same for you? AIARE’s Avalanche Rescue course is designed to be completed at least every other year to keep your skills fresh and sharp.

Class size

12 students per class

Course dates

December 12, 2020
December 19, 2020
January 30, 2021
February 20, 2021
March 14, 2021

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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.

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. We will provide lunch, snacks, and water.

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.

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.

Kevin Stolbrock, lead instructor

Kevin Stolbrock

Kevin is a guide here at Selkirk Powder; he manages our avalanche programs and holds these qualifications and memberships:

  • AIARE Course Instructor
  • Professional Avalanche Level 1
  • Professional Avalanche Level 2
  • Idaho Level 2 Alpine Ski Guide
  • Wilderness First Responder
  • National Ski Patrol
  • NSP Outdoor Emergency Care
  • LNT Trainer
  • AMGA Apprentice Alpine Guide
  • AMGA Apprentice Rock Guide
  • AMGA Single Pitch Instructor

John Reese, instructor

John Reese

JR is also a guide here at Selkirk Powder.

  • NSP Outdoor Emergency Care
  • AAA Level 1
  • AIARE Level 2
  • AIARE Avalanche Rescue
  • AIARE Pro 1
  • National Ski Patrol
  • Idaho Level 2 Alpine Ski Guide
  • student handbook
  • certificate of completion
  • lunch, snacks, and beverages

Please bring

  • avalanche transceiver (beacon), probe, and shovel
  • appropriate outwear and footwear for a day in the snow
View a sample course outline on AIARE’s website
Meet at our desk in Schweitzer Mountain’s Lakeview Lodge.
Descend to Schweitzer Village.