AIARE Avalanche Rescue in Lake Tahoe

1 day
All ages
1–6 people

As the backcountry season approaches, brush up on your winter terrain skills with AIARE Avalanche Rescue. This is perfect for those who've taken AIARE Level 1 and are looking for a refresher, or for those looking to take their learning further with AIARE Level 2 or Pro 1.  Lake Tahoe is beautiful in the winter, too!

Is this course for me?

This is a one-day stand alone course that we recommend all backcountry adventurers take on an annual basis. It’s always good to be current and aware of best practices in rescue techniques and gear.

Here’s what to expect:
  • All students will receive professional coaching on specific rescue skills
  • Everyone who completes the course receives a rescue card with the date of completion
  • There’ll be helpful feedback during the course from peers and instructors during rescue scenarios
Here’s what you’ll learn:
  • How to use and apply the Avalanche Rescue Quick Reference tool and apply it to a scenario
  • The basics of companion rescue – how to react and what to do if a member of your party is caught in an avalanche
  • How familiarize yourself with and use equipment in an avalanche rescue
  • Each participant will set up realistic group and single burial scenarios to practice avalanche rescue response techniques
  • How to assess compromised terrain, own group leadership
  • Participants will learn patient care considerations and evacuation techniques when interfacing with Search and Rescue and Emergency Medical Services
Dependent on student need and interest, here are some advanced topics that can be covered
  • Employ probing on a line with a partner to reduce search times and need for bracketing
  • Apply foundational skills to multiple victim scenarios without close proximity burials
  • Recognize challenges associated with deep burials
  • Employ repeatable method (Micro-strip or 3-circle) for locating close-proximity multiple burials
Who should take this course?

This course is for anyone traveling in the backcountry this winter.

After this class you’ll
  • Develop a plan for continuing practice. Safety first!
  • Know what to do in the event of an avalanche
  • Improve response skills and timing in reaction to various scenarios
  • Have the opportunity to get feedback from instructors on rescue skills and any other questions you may have
Prerequisites for your avalanche rescue course

All participants should be comfortable traveling in snow under while carrying touring gear. Though it is a beginner course, excellent physical fitness is required.

Dates offered:
  • December 8th and 22th, 2018
  • January 12th and 26th, 2019
  • February 9th and 21st, 2019
  • March 9th and 21st, 2019
Where we are
Meeting Location
Alpenglow Expeditions
What's included
  • AIARE instructor/AMGA trained/certified ski guide
What's not included
  • All participants must provide and bring their own backcountry gear
  • AT skis and boots, splitboards and avalanche equipment are all available to rent through the guiding service at competitive prices
Gear to bring
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch
  • Water and snacks (guides recommend 1-2L of water)
  • Lighter, more breathable layer options than a typical resort layering system. An additional light pair of gloves is preferred for uphill travel
  • Ski poles with powder baskets, or a pair of collapsable poles for splitboarding (These are available at no extra charge if you need them)
  • A backpack, and any avalanche rescue gear you may own. (Our guides recommend packs around 20-30L)
Why book through 57hours?

We’re an adventure loving, rock climbing, tech company that loves all things outdoors-y. Why spend days looking for the right guide and adrenaline rush, when we can (and already did) do it for you? Want a serious guide for a challenging climb? We know a bunch. How about a guide to show you around the Alps? Check. Maybe your kids want to climb and won’t stop going on about it until you book them a trip. Yes, we know guides who are great for beginners, too. Oh, yeah, every guide we know prioritizes SAFETY and FUN. Book with 57hours, we’ve done your work for you. You’re welcome.

Guides running this program

Tim Dobbins

With notable first descents in the Alps, Tim Dobbins represents Alpenglow’s cutting edge guiding philosophy in providing only the best guides for every trip and expedition.

Growing up in Oregon, Tim started out skiing at the young age of 4. He grew up ski racing for 9 years before moving on to backcountry skiing in Aspen, Colorado. There he spent 4 years working ski patrol at Snowmass Ski Resort.

Tim moved to Chamonix in the mid ‘90s where he spent 6 seasons skiing and climbing while studying French. Tim says that Chamonix is where he really started learning how to ski tour, rock climb, ice climb.

Tim has recently spent the last 8 years guiding and instructing in rock, ice, alpine and skiing as well as becoming an IFMGA aspirant mountain guide, an AMGA certified ski guide and AIARE level 1 course leader. He now lives on Donner Lake in Truckee with his wife and daughter.

Ray Hughes

Ray is an IFMGA / AMGA Licensed Mountain Guide. His passion for the mountains ignited while growing up in Northern California. Here he explored the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Ranges, before further honing his mountain skills in Colorado and Switzerland. Ray brings the same excitement to guiding and instructing in Lake Tahoe as he does to skiing and alpine guiding in Europe and the rest of the world. He loves sharing experiences, culture, and beautiful places with others, blurring the line between work and play.

He is an AIARE Avalanche Course Leader and an American Avalanche Association professional member. Ray also works as a snow safety consultant for professional winter sport athletes and photographers.

He was a 4 x All American in Track and Field and the 250th American to ever run the Mile under 4:00, but now he enjoys being an average trail jogger.

Ben Weaver

Ben comes to guiding after being a professional ski patroller for several years. Three of those seasons were spent working as part of the snow safety department. He is a member of the AMGA, has his AIARE level 3 certification and is also an AIARE 1 instructor. Ben has spent three spring climbing seasons in Alaska volunteering with the National Park climbing rangers on Denali. He has skied all over the Western US and Canada and has ski descents on Mt Baker, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams and Mt Hood. He has also done several single and multiple day objectives in the North Cascades, Sawtooths, and Sierra. Ben has a Master’s Degree in Anesthesia and he works as a CRNA in the summer months.

Dave Nettle

Dave’s love for outdoor challenges, adventure and fun began early on by surviving his youth growing up in the Pacific Northwest climbing trees, running around the woods shooting BB guns and learning to “Be Prepared” the hard way on numerous Boy Scout backpacking trips into the rainy heart of the North Cascades.

In 1972 he started his lifelong pursuit and joy of rock climbing with his very first climb deep in the Sierra Nevada backcountry, which remains his favorite mountain range to share and enjoy.

In 1975, at age 17, he hiked the Pacific Crest Trail solo from Mexico to Canada and the following year hiked the Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico, sealing his passion  for grand adventure and the desire to accomplish what he sets out to do.

His underlying philosophy of living life fully and approaching the world of adventure travel and alpinism with “confident uncertainty” has led him to the mountain ranges of the world where his climbing accomplishments are just a part of what he values: at the heart and soul of it all is the experience of interacting with and learning from the people, places and cultures along the way and sharing the challenge and beauty of wilderness with friends.

In addition to five decades of rock and alpine climbing, which have included new routes and significant ascents throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia, Dave is an accomplished ski mountaineer who hangs up his climbing shoes each winter in favor of backcountry alpine ski touring and hut to hut tours in the European Alps.

Dave brings 15 years of technical Rope Access and Rescue Training experience to the team. He has helped pioneer the use of Rope Access methods in place of traditional techniques to improve the safety and efficiency of ski lift, gondola, high angle and crevasse rescue procedures. He is a certified level 3 SPRAT and IRATA supervisor and evaluator.

His blend of outdoor skills, professionalism and sense of humor make for memorable trips, not to mention epic slide show presentations which he loves to share with others. Dave is the founder of a free community slideshow event in the Tahoe area that has been ongoing for over 25 years. He continues to educate, entertain and inspire everyone to seek out and accomplish their dreams and goals.

Jules Hanna

If you are looking for a split boarding mountain guide, Jules is your man. He has been guiding for 10 years and spends his winters in Tahoe and summers in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.

He is one of only a few splitboarders who is certified with the AMGA as a ski guide. Whether it’s a ski day or time to board, Jules enjoys the rewards that the backcountry experience provides. He is an AIARE 1 course leader and has logged many adventures in mountains up and down the west coast learning about the avalanche phenomena. Jules is also an Ambassador Guide for Jones Snowboards.

In addition to guiding, Jules has worked as a climbing ranger at Mt. Rainer and he is a mountaineer for the US Antarctic Program.