AIARE Avalanche Rescue

Companion Rescue Training

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 at course end.

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.

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.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue instructors demonstrating shoveling strategies in an avalanche barrial.

Course Details


This Course Pertains to:

  • Winter recreationists that travel in backcountry settings: Skiers, Snowboarders, Snowmobilers, Snowshoers, & Winter Mountaineers
  • Aspiring Professionals
  • SAR Volunteers
  • EMS/LE


  • Backcountry Gear (minimum: beacon, shovel, probe, mode of winter travel)
  • Understanding of Basic Avalanche Awareness
  • Familiarity with appropriate backcountry travel


8:00am - 4:00pm


8 hours

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under age 18

Price includes & Excludes:


  • AIARE Certified Course Leader and Instructor/s
  • AIARE Rescue Card
  • AIARE Certificate of Completion provided by AIARE
  • Avalanche Equipment
    • Beacon
    • Shovel
    • Probe
    • Snowshoes


  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Lodging
  • Clothing, backpack and non-technical personal items
  • Skiing Equipment (Recommend Neptune Mountaineering)
  • Park Entrance Fees (where applicable)
  • Rescue Insurance
  • Trip Insurance
  • Gratuity
  • Expenses due to unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Colorado Mountain School

Meeting location:

Colorado Mountain School
341 Moraine Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517


Reasons Why CMS AIARE Courses Are Worth It!

  • CMS is the countries largest AIARE Provider for a reason!
  • Our Instructors are educators, not just minimally qualified instructors
  • We spend the majority of the course in the mountains, not inside
  • We provide valuable pre-course material to help you prepare
  • Our Instructors are career guides, with decades of personal experience
  • Our Instructors are AMGA Ski Guide trained or Certified
  • We have a full-time office staff to answer all of your questions
  • We supply our students with their own slope meter
  • Variety of course offerings to meet our guests scheduling needs. Huts (Berthoud), Splits, CMS, Summit, Aspen L2's
  • Get avalanche training in the ski venue you ski in locally.
  • Fully sponsored by industry leaders Dynafit, Scarpa, & BCA.
  • Full snow safety rental fleet.
  • Neptune ski shop support with rentals of ski equip.

Equipment List:


With a sixteen-bed lodge available, Colorado Mountain School provides students the opportunity to spend their entire stay in Estes Park without the hassle of commuting. Our lodge is conveniently located in downtown Estes Park and features a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Reserve a bed now for just $40 per night (plus tax).


All of our courses can be run as custom outings.  If your group is interested in a custom avalanche training course, please call us at 800-836-4008.


Avalanche Rescue Principles:

  • Survival rates and times
  • Victim demographics and statistics
  • Review of avalanche avoidance
  • Escape and survival techniques if caught in an avalanche
  • Rescuer safety/response
  • Recent developments and research

Avalanche Gear & Technique:

  • Digital Beacon
  • Probing and Shoveling technique
  • Additional optional safety gear/response
  • Airbags & Avalungs
  • Helmets
  • Recco
  • Organized Probe Lines

Companion Rescue Process:

  • Scene Safety and Size-up
  • Communication, organization & leadership
  • Last Seen Area
  • Activating EMS
  • Search Techniques
  • Transceiver Search
  • Pinpointing techniques
  • Non-transceiver search
  • Probing shoveling practice
  • Troubleshooting common problems
  • Group Management
  • Deep Burials
  • Multiple close proximity burials
  • Communications
  • Reporting