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We are proud to be a provider for the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE). For the 2020-2021 season we will offer AIARE avalanche 1 and avalanche rescue courses.  We are also pround to offer students free use of BCA avalanche safety equipment on all of our courses.  We also have BCA shovels, probes, and beacons to rent for personal use. 

Course goals and pre-requisites:

Course Description: The Outdoor Recreation Program is partnering with the Earth Sciences Department to put on a 1-credit AIARE avalanche 1 course. This course requires a total of approximately 32 hours as compared to a traditional 24-hour avalanche 1 course.  Students can expect to go a little deeper into snow science and analyzing case studies, as well as have additional time for hands-on application in the field. In order to register for this course you must use the MSU course registration portal. This course will include a combination of lectures and field sessions. Students can expect to develop a good grounding in how to prepare for and carry out a backcountry trip, to understand basic decision making while in the field, and to learn rescue techniques required to find and dig up a buried person (if an avalanche occurs and someone in the party is caught). The AIARE 1 is for current or aspiring backcountry skiers and snowboarders who want to recreate in or near avalanche terrain. Students must be able to travel in avalanche terrain on either backcountry skis or a splitboard. There are no other prerequisites. 

Equipment and Logistics:

  • Touring Gear: Splitboards, alpine touring, and telemark ski packages are REQUIRED for all our of courses, and are available to rent at a 50% discount (limited availability, reserve early!).

  • Avalanche rescue gear (beacon, shovel, and probe) use is included in the price but it is your responsibility to reserve gear ahead of time (limited availability, reserve early!).

  • Transportation, instruction, and lift passes (as applicable) are all included in the price.

  • You will recieve an email with additional information approximately 1 week before the start date of your course.   

Transportation on field days: transportation is NOT provided for the 2020-2021 season.  Individuals will be responsible for personal transportation to the field venue.

 Dates and times for the 2020-2021 season can be found here: 

Avalanche Rescue Course

The AIARE Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day stand alone course that is intended to be retaken on a regular basis in order to keep abreast of best practices in rescue techniques and gear. New participants will learn the basics of companion rescue, while returning participants will expand their skill set with advanced topics and realistic scenario practice to help improve their skills.

Each participant will have the opportunity to receive professional coaching on their rescue skills, and will receive a rescue card acknowledging the completion date.

AIARE Avalanche Rescue is a prerequisite for the AIARE 2 and Pro 1 courses. AIARE recommends that all backcountry travelers keep their skills current by taking an Avalanche Rescue course and receiving a rescue card at least every other year.

Who Should Take this Course

The Avalanche Rescue Course is a one-day course aimed both at new and experienced recreational backcountry travelers and aspiring avalanche professionals.

*Cost: $75 for students, $125 for faculty/staff/alumni


January 30, 2020

Feb 20, 2020

Additional online avalanche education resource available here: