AIARE Avalanche Rescue in Jackson Hole

Any level
1 day
18+ years
1–4 people

This course is booked through and operated by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

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.  And you get to learn in the Tetons.  Not bad, huh?

The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE) is the American standard that drives and informs the class curriculum. All of our guides are certified and will use their extensive experience when guiding each  participant.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a one-day stand alone course. We recommend all backcountry adventurers take it on an annual basis. It’s always best to be current and aware of best practices in rescue techniques and gear.

Here’s what to expect
  • Professional coaching on specific rescue skills is available for everyone taking the course
  • Everyone who completes the course will receive a rescue card with the date of completion
  • Helpful feedback during the course from peers and instructors during rescue scenarios
  • Returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to improve their skills
Here’s what you’ll learn
  • 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 gear used in avalanche rescue
  • Each participant will set up a realistic scenario to practice an avalanche rescue response techniques
  • Class takers will improve their response skills
Who should take this course

This course is for anyone considering traveling in avalanche terrain!

After this class you’ll
  • Develop a plan for continuing practice. Safety first!
  • 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.

Where we are
A word on travel and preparation
  • Grand Teton National Park is located roughly 30 minutes from the Jackson Hole Mountain Guides’ office in Jackson, WY. The office is located at 1325 S. Highway 89, Suite 104, and shares a parking area with Smith’s. Most trips and classes will meet at this office for gear checks, preparation, and classes.
  • It is helpful to arrive a couple of days prior to your trip/class in order to acclimatize. Otherwise, arrive the day before and stop by the office for an equipment check. Do not plan on traveling the day after a significant climb – you will be tired and there are no guaranteed times when you'll return to the trailhead.
  • Plan on having accommodations for the night prior to and the night you return from a significant climb. There are ample hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts in Jackson and the surrounding area. It is highly advisable to make reservations as early as possible.
  • The Jackson Hole airport is the closest, but Idaho Falls (2 – 2.5 hour drive) and Salt Lake City (4 – 5 hour drive) are worth considering as well.



  • Bottom Synthetic or Wool Long Underwear Bottoms Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Butterman Tight
  • Shell Pant: full side zips and built-in gaiters Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Highball Pant
  • Socks: Synthetic or wool. Sized for your boots and blister protection. Liners recommended.


  • Gloves  3 pair: 1 light, 1 medium, 1 heavy pair  Guide Pick: Mountain Hardwear Cyclone Alpine Glove
  • Hat: medium weight ski hat
  • Hat: baseball or visor for sun
  • Buff/neck gaiter


Guides running this program

Paul Rachele

Paul is a midwest transplant who drifted to the mountains after college and never really left. Climbing has taken Paul from the deserts of southeast California to the glaciers of central Alaska and everywhere in between. Some of Paul’s most memorable climbing experiences are the Cassin Ridge on Denali and a solo, nighttime ascent of the Hossack-McGowan on the Grand Teton. In the winter, Paul enjoys skiing and ice climbing throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. His most memorable descent was skiing the Grand Teton in boot-top powder, and his favorite run is the Do-Its on Teton Pass. In addition to guiding year-round for Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, Paul is our Avalanche Program Coordinator and Colorado Branch Manager. He is an AMGA/IFMGA Mountain Guide and has completed a Level III Avalanche Course through the American Avalanche Institute.