AIARE Avalanche Rescue- Tacoma - 2019

Avalanche Safety Course


AIARE Avalanche Rescue 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 returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers course.

Meeting Time and Place

8:00 AM at Longmire, Mount Rainier National Park. Details to be provided by AIARE instructor.

Who Should Take this Course

The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced recreational backcountry travelers and aspiring avalanche professionals.

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills, and will receive a rescue card acknowledging the completion date.

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 card at least every other year.

Backcountry skis, splitboards, and snowshoes welcome.

Student Learning Outcomes

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 continuing practice.

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

Students who have previously taken an AIARE 1 or an Avalanche Rescue Course will find value in having a professional help them set up realistic scenarios, practice skills in a realistic setting, receive feedback from an instructor, keep up with current best practices, and have an opportunity to practice advanced rescue skills.


Students must be able to travel in the snow, and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow to class. There are no other prerequisites.

Partners and Guides

This course is taught by our partners at Edgeworks Climbing Gym and their staff of AIARE Certified Instructors.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment


  • Day-Tour Ski Backpack
  • Touring Skis, Splitboard or Snowshoes (Skis with alpine-touring or telemark bindings (or splitboard))
  • Climbing Skins (for skis/splitboard, adjusted to skis)
  • Ski Poles (adjustable length optional)
  • Avalanche Transceiver (max 5 years old)
  • Avalanche Probe (Minimum 240 cm)
  • Avalanche Shovel (metal blade required)


  • Socks: Wool or synthetic ski socks
  • Base layers: Synthetic, wool or silk bottom, underwear and top
  • Mid Layer: Synthetic or wool zip shirt
  • Hard Shell or Softshell pants: A pair with side vents are best.
  • Insulated vest or jacket: down or synthetic.
  • Hard or Soft shell jacket: waterproof and breathable, no or little insulation.
  • Gloves: a pair of heavy gloves and a pair of medium weight gloves
  • Hats: one with brim, one for warmth
  • Neck Gaiter or Balaclava: optional, but nice to have
  • Helmet (recommended)
  • Sunglasses
  • Goggles


  • Water bottles: 1-2 liters combined capacity (bottle insulators recommended)
  • Small thermos: (optional)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm (water/sweat-proof)
  • Headlamp
  • Toiletries, Personal first-aid kit (for your personal meds/needs)
  • Camera or Smartphone
  • Lunch/Snack food
Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.