Lake Tahoe | California

AIARE Avalanche Rescue in Lake Tahoe

Skill level


Group size

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 to 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 the snow while carrying touring gear. Though it is a beginner course, excellent physical fitness is required.

Things you need to know

What's included?

What you get in this adventure:

  • 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 collapsible 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)

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