Student Information



Students will spend a full day learning the basics of avalanche rescue with a qualified and experienced IPAC instructor.  The objective of this course is to become a prepared and informed group member in the winter backcountry.  All graduates are strongly encouraged to seek the guidance of a more experienced backcountry traveler or complete an IPAC Level 1 course before heading out on their own.  This course will not take place in avalanche terrain.  Therefore, oversnow travel equipment (skis/snowshoes/snowmobile etc..) are not required. Remember, this course is a required prerequisite for participation in IPAC Level 1 courses.


  • This course introduces the fundamentals of avalanche rescue and is a required prerequisite for participation in IPAC Level 1 courses.
  • Designed for beginners and experienced riders seeking review. 
  • Students must provide all required equipment: 
    • Avalanche beacon, shovel, and probe
    • Backpack (25-35L)
    • Layered clothing appropriate for spending an entire day in the winter backcountry

Multi-Course Discount: Any student who would like to complete Rescue Fundamentals and Level 1 in the same season will receive a $25 discount for their Level 1 course!! Simply register for your Rescue course to receive a coupon code to be applied to your Level 1.

Additional information

Dates and Location

TBA @ Silver Mountain, TBA @ Schweitzer

Class Size


Online Course Portion


Enrollment Policies

Age Policy

Students must be 18 years of age or older unless accompanied by parent/guardian except the Youth Backcountry 101 course.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to attend a course that you have registered and paid for, and you notify us that you are unable to attend at least 1 week before the date of the course, you will receive a 100% refund minus any transaction or processing fees. If you notify us less than 1 week before the course, you will receive a 50% refund.