PPG AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course - 2023

Avalanche Education Course

PPG AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that teaches best practices in avalanche rescue techniques and gear.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis.  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. Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills, and will receive a rescue card acknowledging the completion date. No prior avalanche education is required to take this course.

***This course is for Pikes Peak Group trip leaders and/or students of the Pikes Peak Group BMS Snow Climb class. All others that register will be moved to the waitlist. Priority is given to Pikes Peak Group members.***

All students will be required to pay the $15 entrance fee for the Pikes Peak Highway on the day of the course. Please bring cash only.

We will meet early in the morning in Colorado Springs and carpool up the Pikes Peak Highway to the trailhead. Class will be over and back to our cars in town by 5:30pm.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for AIARE 2.  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.  CMC requires it at least every 5 years to refresh and update skills CMC leaders and instructors use in the field.

Badges you will earn:

Course Requirements

This course has no scheduled activities.

Required Equipment

Cold weather winter gear for all day in the field. Ten essentials, food, clothing, treking poles, etc. Snowshoes, backcountry skis with skins, or splitboards are required. You also need an avalanche beacon, probe, and shovel. The Pikes Peak Group has beacon, probes, and shovels available for use if you need.

Course Materials

There are no materials for this course.