AIARE Avalanche Rescue

Avalanche rescue gear and the knowledge to use it properly are key components of your backcountry quiver. In this one-day course, you’ll learn what to do if you or a member of your party is caught in an avalanche, understand your gear and how to use it efficiently, practice in realistic scenarios, and develop a plan for continuing practice. This course is also meant to be retaken regularly to keep skills sharp, so it’s a great refresher for folks who are experienced backcountry travelers but haven’t had formal avalanche education recently.

AIARE at Bluebird Backcountry

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue course will help you get ready for whatever the season throws at you. We’ll practice avalanche rescue drills, dig into this season’s snowpack and what to look for while you’re out there, and review avalanche terrain and backcountry routefinding. Students will receive an updated AIARE field book to help with planning safe, successful backcountry days all season. This one-day course takes place in the field at Bluebird Backcountry, where you’ll be part of a community that’s committed to quality education. From hiring professional educators to offering rental gear on site, everything we do is meant to build a welcoming environment where students can feel comfortable learning, building their skills, practicing with their newfound knowledge, and asking questions of experts. Plus, how many courses can boast an on-site s’more supplier?

 

After their courses, students say things like: 

  • “Great vibe with super friendly instructors and staff… Tons of friendly people everywhere we went at Bluebird!” 

  • “My avalanche instructor was patient and provided great feedback. He was knowledgeable but also clearly invested in making sure all the students had a positive experience.” 

  • “I've wanted to check out the backcountry for some time, but have been nervous to go alone in potentially dangerous terrain. At Bluebird, I felt like we could try a wide range of terrain in a very safe, fun environment.” 

 

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe what to do if you or a member of your 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 your response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers

  • Develop a plan for continuing practice

 

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

 

Description

AIARE at Bluebird Backcountry

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue course will help you get ready for whatever the season throws at you. We’ll practice avalanche rescue drills, dig into this season’s snowpack and what to look for while you’re out there, and review avalanche terrain and backcountry routefinding. Students will receive an updated AIARE field book to help with planning safe, successful backcountry days all season. This one-day course takes place in the field at Bluebird Backcountry, where you’ll be part of a community that’s committed to quality education. From hiring professional educators to offering rental gear on site, everything we do is meant to build a welcoming environment where students can feel comfortable learning, building their skills, practicing with their newfound knowledge, and asking questions of experts. Plus, how many courses can boast an on-site s’more supplier?

 

After their courses, students say things like: 

  • “Great vibe with super friendly instructors and staff… Tons of friendly people everywhere we went at Bluebird!” 

  • “My avalanche instructor was patient and provided great feedback. He was knowledgeable but also clearly invested in making sure all the students had a positive experience.” 

  • “I've wanted to check out the backcountry for some time, but have been nervous to go alone in potentially dangerous terrain. At Bluebird, I felt like we could try a wide range of terrain in a very safe, fun environment.” 

 

Student Learning Outcomes

At the end of the Avalanche Rescue course, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe what to do if you or a member of your 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 your response skills and times during and after the course with feedback from instructors and peers

  • Develop a plan for continuing practice

 

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

 

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Book your AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course at Bluebird Backcountry! Looking for a more comprehensive education experience this winter? Check out our Backcountry Membership options below.
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AIARE Avalanche Rescue with Advanced+ Membership
The AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course gives you a chance to practice crucial rescue skills in the backcountry, and Advanced+ Backcountry Membership will help you apply your avalanche knowledge to have the best winter ever in 21/22. Advanced+ Membership saves you $22.50 on your AIARE course and gets you two vouchers for advanced backcountry courses such as navigation, steep terrain, winter wilderness first aid, and more (choose dates later). You’ll also get access to our digital community platform as well as free access to half-day clinics all season long.
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AIARE Avalanche Rescue with Bluebird+ Membership
New to backcountry? Get the most out of your AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course by adding a Bluebird+ membership. Includes vouchers for all three Backcountry 1, 2, and 3 lessons in advance of your course (choose dates later) which will get you using your gear, skinning, and transitioning like a pro, as well as navigating variable terrain—all skills you’ll need in your AIARE course. Membership also automatically saves you $22.50 on your AIARE course, provides access to our digital community and partner finder, and scores you free access to half-day clinics all season long.
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