Stack the odds in your favor and tune up your Avalanche Rescue Skills this year.

Has it been a few years since your last avalanche course?  If so, it might be a good time to refresh your avalanche rescue skills.  This program is designed for graduates of an AIARE Level 1 course who want to ensure that the rescue skills learned on their course are still fresh in their minds.  The day will be spent in the field covering safe travel techniques, strategic shoveling, probing and running through beacon drills as well as full rescue scenarios.

Rescue Refresher Course
Program Details
  • Minimum of 2 people
  • Dates can be scheduled on a custom basis.  Please contact the office to schedule a course.

Combine this course with a Terrain Assessment Tour to fully round out your avalanche skills.

Rescue Refresher Course

This will be a full day outside practicing real-life avalanche rescue skills.  These courses are offered at Washington Pass, Stevens Pass, and Blewett Pass.  Depending on location you may use ski lifts, snowmobiles and/or climbing skins to access appropriate terrain. 

Typically these courses are booked privately by a group of backcountry skiers/riders wanting to make sure everyone in their group has the necessary skills in the event of an avalanche involvement.  Often times it is a group of skiers or riders headed into a backcountry hut for the week and want to ensure that all of the team members are well prepared in case of an avalanche during their trip.  

Gear List

Avalanche Course




  • Washington Pass Climbing
  • Multipitch Climbing Course

A NOTE ABOUT EQUIPMENT LISTS: Nothing can ruin a trip faster than having the wrong gear for the conditions at hand.  All our programs are subject to rapid and severe changes in the weather.  Select garments that are warm, lightweight and durable.  Generally speaking, the best arrangement is to think in terms of layers – a system that dries quickly, allow flexibility and resists wind, water and abrasion. All of us have different tolerances for heat or cold; for example, you might choose warmer gloves than specified here if you tend to get cold hands. If you have doubts about a specific garment’s appropriateness, please talk to your guide in advance about conditions you are most likely to experience. This list is built for a trip with an unsettled weather forecast.  With a good weather forecast some of these items may be left behind to save weight. All trips require that you bring adequate food and water, please see our “food” equipment list for details.


Head, Hands & Feet

  • Warm Hat
  • Sun Hat
  • Lightweight Gloves (or belay gloves)
  • Approach Shoes (sticky rubber soles recommended)

Upper Body Layers

  • Lightweight Base Layer Top or Sunshirt
  • Lightweight Fleece jacket
  • Softshell Jacket with Hood
  • Insulated (“Puffy”) Jacket with Hood

Lower Body Layers

  • Softshell Pants
  • Optional: shorts for the approach hike

Options Layers for colder or wetter weather

  • Hardshell Jacket
  • Lightweight rain pants


  • Backpack (25-35 Liters)
  • Optional: on-route pack (a very small pack for your essentials on route)
  • Sunglasses
  • Trekking Poles

ACCESSORIES continued…

  • Sunscreen and spf lip balm
  • Water & Food (see our food  guide)
  • Headlamp
  • Blister Kit
  • Optional: Crack Gloves (for routes with lots of crack climbing)


  • Climbing Helmet
  • Climbing Harness
  • Belay Device
  • 2 Locking Carabiners
  • Double Length Nylon or Dyneema Runner (or personal anchor system -- NO daisy chains)

TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT – SPRING (snow travel; please ask your guide about current conditions)

  • Mountain Boots (crampon compatible)
  • Steel crampons
  • Ice Axe


Rescue Refresher Course
Skills Required

Intermediate skiing or riding skills are the minimum requirement.  The Washington Pass and Blewett Pass locations require the ability for participants to move through backcountry terrain with either AT skis, Telemark skis or a splitboard.  At Stevens Pass participants can take this course on Alpine gear or normal snowboards by using the ski lifts for access. 

Snowmobile riders who would like to take this course can take a course at the Washington Pass location.  The course will take place on Highway 20, so even beginning snowmobile riders can participate.