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  • December 28, 2019
  • January 19, 2020
  • February 16, 2020
  • March 4, 2020


8 AM – 5 PM


Silverton, CO



Skier to Guide Ratio

(up to) 6:1


beginner to expert

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 continued practice

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

Who Should Take this Course

The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced recreationists, and aspiring snow professionals. We offer this course the day prior to all our AIARE Level 2 hut courses This allows you to combine the Avalanche Companion Rescue course with a Recreation Level 2 into a fun four night hut trip.

Price Includes

  • AIARE qualified instructors
  • AMGA trained/certified guides
  • AIARE Certificate of Completion
  • Use of avalanche safety equipment (beacon, shovel, probe)
  • Federal Land Use Surcharge (USFS/BLM)

Price Does Not Include

  • Backcountry ski touring equipment; skis, skins, packs etc.  These are all available to rent from our partner shop Backcountry Experience. Additional fees apply for ski equipment rental.  Please inquire for more information.
  • Individual travel costs
  • Recommended Travel/trip cancelation insurance. We highly recommend this!
  • Guide/Staff gratuity

Personal Equipment

  • Clothing for activities and standing in cold/snowy weather (no cotton)
  • Long underwear
  • Insulating layers
  • Outer layer (wind/waterproof)
  • Warm gloves, mitts, headband, hat
  • Goggles and sunglasses
  • Small personal first aid kit (sunscreen/lip-balm, moleskin, band-aids, medication, etc.)
  • Water Bottle
  • Pack

Skiing Equipment

  • Boots (touring boots recommended)
  • Skis with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to skis before the course) *Randonee or free-heel gear is okay.
  • Poles

Snowboarding Equipment

  • Split Board with touring bindings and skins (please adjust bindings to boots and skins to board before the course) *For students arriving at the course with snowboarding equipment, split boards are recommended, as compared to traveling with snowshoes.
  • Boots
  • Collapsible poles OR Snowboard (with means of attachment to pack—please have a system worked out before you come on the course)


  • Snowshoes (adjusted to boots, please test thoroughly before the course. *Snowshoes are not recommended for courses where deep new snow conditions or steep terrain will likely be experienced

Avalanche Rescue Equipment – provided free of charge

  • Avalanche probe
  • Collapsible shovel
  • Avalanche transceiver (digital 457 kHz frequency only)
  • Cell phone or two-way radio (OPTIONAL)

Other Equipment

  • Pack large enough to fit all equipment on day tours
  • Field notebook (AIARE Field Notebook is included with all Kling Mountain Guide AIARE courses)
  • The Avalanche Handbook, 3rd Edition: BUY HERE
  • Pencils (two, mechanical)
  • Pocket Knife


  • Skiers should be in good physical condition.  They will need a backcountry travel method (touring skis, split board, snowshoes).
  • There are a lifetime of ski tours with different difficulties in the San Juan Mountains.  Please get in touch with us to find out if this course is right for you.   If need be, we would like to ski with you prior to course to help ensure that you are up to the challenge.
  • If you do not possess these skills or need review, we recommend doing a skills course with us in Colorado or Utah prior to your course.

Day 1 – Classroom

We spend our first day in the classroom.  By spending the entire first day in the classroom, we have two full days in the field.  Less transition time meens more time practicing our new skills!

Day 2 – Classroom

The first half of the day is spent entirely on companion rescue drills.  We will become proficient with our avlanche trancievers, work on proper probing techniques, and become more efficient shovlers by utilizing strategic shoveling.  The afternoon will spent entirely on snow science and taking data from the snow pack.  We will cover standardized and non-standardized bonding tests, how to dig a test pit, and how to extrapolate information from the snow pack.

Day 3 – Classroom

We put it all to use!  Today we will go on a full tour.  You will be in front leading the group.  Each student will have the opportunity to be in a leadership role and practice using the Decision Making Framework, a road map for decision making in the backcountry.

Registration & Cancelation

  • Unfortunately, due to extremely high demand we have a very strict registration and cancelation policy. We can not transfer you to an other program. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND PURCHASING TRAVEL INSURANCE! We recommend the TravelEx Insurance Travel Select plan with the Adventurer Plus Pak upgrade.
  • To reserve your spot on a domestic climbing or skiing program please fill out the enclosed application and return it to us along with a 50% deposit if applying more than 60 days out. If your trip/ course starts in less than 60 days please submit full payment.
  • Program fees are non-transferable. If notice of cancellation is given in writing at least 60 days prior to the trip start date, you will be refunded your fulldeposit except for a $50 processing fee.
  • If notice of cancellation is given in writing within 59 – 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to the deposit amount will be charged. If notice of cancellation is given in writing less than 30 days prior to the trip start date, a cancellation fee equal to 100% of the program fee will be charged.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue 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 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 rescue card acknowledging completion date at course end.