San Juan Expeditions Companion Rescue

AIARE Companion Rescue Course

  • Duration 8 Hours
  • Avalanche Courses

Learn the critical skills of companion rescue for the backcountry

Whether you are a novice to backcountry skiing or an experienced rider, we all get rusty when we don’t regularly practice critical skills. Our AIARE Companion Rescue Course was designed as a yearly refresher to help backcountry travelers keep their skills sharp as they move from summer back to navigating avalanche terrain.

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 after the course.

Course Topics Include

  • Construction of a rescue sled
  • Advanced beacon searches and complex rescue scenarios
  • What to do in multiple burial situations
  • Considerations for an organized rescue

This course is a prerequisite for all AIARE Avalanche 2 Courses.


Book your stay at one of these locations and receive 10% off:

The Wyman Hotel 

– The Silverton Lodge

– The Avon Hotel

Trip Details


8 Hours


Some skiing experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AIARE and AMGA trained/certified guide 
  • Avalanche rescue equipment (beacon, shovel, and probe)
  • AIARE field book & student fees
  • Federal land usage surcharge (USFS/BLM)

Not Included

  • Personal skiing/riding equipment
  • Lunch/snack food 
  • Guide gratuity


AIARE Avalanche 2 Course

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