AIARE Avalanche Rescue

AIARE Companion Rescue Training

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

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course is a one day course designed to enhance participants skills and fundamentals of companion rescue. The use of beacons, shovel, and probe will be implemented within this course to facilitate appropriate companion rescue skills and practice. After completion of this course, participants will be more proficient with basic beacon skills.  The time between someone getting buried in an avalanche and the amount of time to retrieve them is critical. Having proficient companion rescue skills may help save a life.

Course Details


There are No prerequisites for the Avalanche Rescue course.


8:00am - 4:00pm


8 hours

Maximum Ratio:


Minimum Age:

Please call to register participants under age 18

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 with a full kitchen, WiFi and hot showers. Lodging must be book separately for $40/night for CMS students.  Please call our office for reservations.