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AIARE Rescue Course – New Hampshire


Location - New Hampshire

February 13, 2022 - February 14, 2022


Are you fully prepared to act swiftly in the unfortunate case of an avalanche accident? When is the last time that you and your touring partners practiced your rescue skills?  With coaching from our instructors in realistic scenarios, you will develop and refresh essential rescue skills while also lowering your response time. In this course you will practice using your own avalanche rescue gear and learn about the most current advancements in the field. It’s important to practice, practice, practice, honing your skills to be an excellent, well-prepared backcountry touring partner.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is an 8 hour course that we’ve adapted into two parts with a 2 hour online evening session followed by an all day field day for hands-on practice with rescue gear and techniques.  This course is excellent for both new and experienced backcountry travelers and is designed to be taken on a regular basis as techniques in avalanche rescue are continually evolving with new technology and research.  In this course you learn the basics of companion rescue including efficient search strategies with your beacon, strategic shoveling, and effective probing.  You will practice responding in realistic scenarios with regular instructor feedback and support.  Experienced participants are challenged with advanced topics, multiple burial techniques, and leading scenarios. This course is a great refresher and preparation for the backcountry touring season. Bring your regular ski partners to get ready as a group, or connect with a group of women who are as keen on avalanche safety as you are!

AIARE Rescue pairs well with AIARE Level 1 and is a requirement for AIARE Level 2.

Duration: 1 Online Evening Session, 1 Field Day
Activity Level: Moderate
Required Skill Level: Students must be able to travel short distances in the backcountry and bring appropriate equipment for traveling on snow and staying warm in inclement winter weather.

Course Dates: 

Jan 7th Online Session and Jan 8th Field Day 

About the Course

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Today’s online evening session is an introduction to rescue techniques including equipment, the step by step process which is important for muscle memory and working out any kinks for a fluid field day the following day.  We’ll also talk about what to pack and answer any questions that arise.

8:00am - 4:00pm

If you’re new to avalanche rescue, today’s focus is to learn important rescue skills and practice them as many times as possible while building their complexity. These skills include assessing the scene, leadership, using a transceiver effectively and efficiently, up to date probing methodologies, and effective and speedy shoveling techniques.  If you are an avalanche rescue veteran this course will review the basics and beyond, introducing more complex and advanced techniques and practicing them as a group or individuals.

What to Expect

  • Comfortable and fun learning atmosphere
  • Course tailored specifically to the experience level of the group
  • Attentive, experienced, & professional AIARE qualified instructors. Your instructor team may include women and men who support our mission of women becoming leaders in their backcountry pursuits
  • Realistic scenarios with feedback from AIARE instructors
  • Get your rescue skills up-to-par to be the best backcountry partner you can be
  • Gain your AIARE Rescue Certificate
  • Be ready and fulfill this requirement for your AIARE Level 2 Course

Gear Needed

Backcountry skis or splitboard, ski poles, ski or snowboard boots, climbing skins, avalanche beacon, avalanche probe, avalanche shovel, backcountry backpack, and proper outerwear and warm layers for field time.  A limited quantity of beacons, shovels and probes are available to rent from Backcountry Babes for $60.  Reserve a set from us when you book and your instructor will bring them to your field day.  Osprey Packs are available to demo for free while we’re out on our tour so you can try out a backcountry specific pack.

If you need additional gear….

– AT ski rental kits and Beacon/Shovel/Probe kits are available to rent from Northeast Mountaineering. Pick up and drop off your rental gear at their shop at 1054 Pinkham Notch Road, Glen, NH. Contact Corey at [email protected] to make arrangements and be sure to mention that you’re in a Backcountry Babes course.

– AT skis, splitboards, and Beacon/Shovel/Probe kits are all available to rent from Ski The Whites. Pickup and drop off your rental gear at their shop at 211 Main Street, Jackson, NH. Contact Andrew at 603-383-3142 to make arrangements and be sure to mention that you’re in a Backcountry Babes course.

Field Time

Classroom Time

Getting There

DRIVE: To the Mount Washington Area in New Hampshire.  Gorham or Intervale are both relatively central locations to our touring options.

All potential touring locations are in and around the Mount Washington Valley but are subject to change based on weather and conditions.  Your instructors will update you with location information during your evening online sessions.

Backcountry Babes is an equal opportunity service provider and employer. Backcountry Babes operates under special use permit from the USDA Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest Ranger District and Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District.



This course was great for basic backcountry knowledge. Becoming familiar with using beacon and probe, digging pits and learning more about the types of snow and layers of snow. Learning skills that could keep you ALIVE in certain situations.

Jenny A.Breckenridge, CO AIARE Avalanche Course

I feel like I learned some good decision making strategies and red-flag things to watch out for. Very helpful to do the field sessions and get feedback in the field.

Jenny M.AIARE Avalanche Course

Great info and very well presented – classroom then practicing and applying the info in the field. Hearing personal experiences and thought process of the instructors was helpful as well as the student-instructor ratio.

Rachel B., Lakewood, COAIARE Avalanche Course

I appreciated the balance of classroom education and field application. All of the instructors were AWESOME. Approachable, allowing for all of us to ask any question.

Trent KDenver, CO

This course was beneficial in so many ways – We lived backcountry touring for a couple of days and got to go through the motions of trip planning, avalanche observations, and terrain management. I have a great framework moving forward. Our instructors Kirsten, Casey, and Janine did a great job working together. I really liked hearing different perspectives, experiences and styles.

Nathan LLittleton, CO

There is an incredibly positive and high energy stoke level of the female-empowered AND co-ed classroom environment. It is cool to hear our students discuss the value of the learning environment–enjoying growth through our women’s empowerment focus and recognizing the reality that future teamwork will consist of co-ed teams in the backcountry.

Anne St. ClairLead Instructor

This co-ed setup is so cool, as it allows couples to take an AIARE class together in a stigma-free environment where both partners can feel empowered instead of the “token” female among males or vice versa taking an avalanche course. It really flows well with what AIARE tries to accomplish and I think everyone in the group really enjoyed this format and how well the group dynamics worked.

Mike BortnowskiAIARE Avalanche Level 1 Instructor