This one-day course will teach the basics of backcountry safety skills, as well as advanced techniques including companion rescue in realistic avalanche scenarios.

Learn the most important safety skills for travelling in the winter mountains.
Obligatory course for further AIARE education
You need the Rescue Card in order to join the AIARE level 2 and PRO level 1 courses
This course has an evaluation component. We provide a completion certificate at the end of the course.


Learn and improve your avalanche rescue skills

From 179.00€

Price per person for groups of minimum 4. 

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Beginner tech level


1 day course


Groups of 6 maximum


Available December - April

This American Institute of Avalanche Rescue and Education (AIARE) course is essential to anyone considering venturing off-piste. It is recommended that you re-take it at the beginning of every winter season to refresh life-saving rescue skills that you may one day depend upon.

The course is taught by UIAGM mountain guides and qualified AIARE leaders. You will spend the day outdoors in the mountains practicing different rescue techniques for varied avalanche scenarios.

The objective of the course is to prepare you for what to do in the case of an avalanche if either yourself or another person is swept away. You will be coached on how to assess a situation under pressure, use avalanche rescue equipment to locate a lost person, and improve your response times to react quickly and effectively. Your instructor will create realistic scenarios that you will find practical and applicable.

Each participant will receive a rescue card acknowledging completion date at the end of the course.

This course is obligatory for those who wish to take the AIARE 2 or PRO 1 courses, as it will provide you with the groundwork that you need to proceed to more advanced techniques. It is highly recommended for anyone who wants to learn best practices in avalanche rescue techniques and equipment.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of what to do if caught in avalanche or if witnessing others being caught in avalanche.
  • To organize and lead a recue team in case of an avalanche accident
  • To be able to search for victims quickly and efficiently using the correct equipment
  • To be able to set up realistic scenario for practice of the avalanche search and rescue
  • To be able to develop a training plan to continuously improve the search and rescue skills 

Level Requirements

The Avalanche Rescue Course is designed to be an introduction to the search and rescue training as well as a refresher course for experienced skiers. This course is also a prerequisite for the PRO courses.

 You will use the ski touring / splitboarding equipment on the course. You do not have to have a profound ski touring experience but you need to know how to use the equipment and be able to go for a short walk. 


AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course dates - 2018

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December 17, 2018
December 20, 2018
December 24, 2018
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AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course dates - 2019

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January 07, 2019
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Guiding & Tuition

1 full day of guiding and instruction by a UIAGM qualified mountain guide and an AIARE qualified course leader.

Not Included

Accommodation in Chamonix

Accommodation in Chamonix is not included in the price but we would be happy to advise or organise it on request.

Personal Equipment

Please see the "Equipment" tab to find out what you will need. Anything that you do not already have can be rented here in Chamonix, if there is anything you need then please contact us and we will be happy to organise it for you.

For private customised guiding, please contact us directly to confirm your personalised kit list.

Food & Drink

The price does not include lunch or snacks. You can bring your own food and we can stop for a picnic, or there may be the option to buy lunch at a mountain hut. Please make sure that you are carrying sufficient water and snacks as we will be in the mountains for a number of hours.

Lift Passes

We will advise you on which lift passes you will need prior to your trip. If lift passes are required we can preorder them for you on request.

Travel to Chamonix

The price does not include flights, airport transfers or any other travel to/from Chamonix. However, we can organise airport transfers for you on request, please contact us for details.


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