(rescue skills practice day)




January 15, 2023


Spend a day learning or brushing up on your avalanche rescue skills in Ouray, Colorado with our talented and fun IRIS instructors!

Come develop or refine your avalanche companion rescue skills!


We will spend one day in the field helping you build the skills necessary to practice and perform an effective avalanche rescue. Our instructors will help first timers learn the foundational components, and expand the skill set of experienced riders. This course is intended to enhance your knowledge of rescue equipment, practice realistic rescue scenarios, and learn the latest, best practices in order to become a better backcountry partner. 


This may come off as a bit bombastic, but believe us when we confidently state that your instructors will be cooler humans, nicer people, more fun riders, more experienced forecasters, and better educators than any other instructor team in the game.


**This course is a great follow-up to any Intro to Backcountry Ski or precursor to an Avalanche Level 1 or 2 course.**

**This itinerary is subject to change. 

January 15:

8:00am: Meet @ Ouray Inn
8:30am- 3pm:  Avalanche Rescue Practice Near Ouray
3:30pm: Return to Ouray
4:00pm:  Wrap-Up / Happy Hour Hang Out


1 Day of Instruction/Field Practice near Ouray

Beacon, Shovel & Probe (encouraged to have your own)

5:1 Guest to Guide Ratio

minimum of 3; maximum of 10


Not Included:

Meals and Personal Snacks


Transportation to/from/while in Ouray

Personal Skiing Clothing

Personal touring equipment: skis, boots, binding, skins, poles (Available to rent at Ridgway Adventure Sports. They DO NOT rent snowboard boots.)

Guide Gratuity

Travel Insurance (highly recommended!)

Incurred costs by leaving a trip early

Incurred costs as a result force majeure



This can be your first introduction to avalanche education, and we can accommodate those refreshing or building skills in order to take their Pro 1.


Travel Recommendations:

Closest Airports: Montrose (MTJ) & Grand Junction (GJT)


Hotel Recommendation: 

Ouray Inn

(970) 325-4445

West, 120 6th Ave. Ouray, CO 81427

IRIS guests receive a 10% discount at the Ouray Inn. After IRIS registration, guests will receive a booking code to utilize on the Ouray Inn website or while booking over the phone. A to-go breakfast will be provided if you alert the Ouray Inn a week in advance of your program start date.

**This list is a guideline. You do not need the exact layers but will need something of similar warmth. If you have questions please ask us.**


Lightweight Baselayer Top (polyester, wool or silk top)
Mid-Weight Top (lightweight fleece or lightweight puffy jacket)
Lightweight Wind Shirt (or very lightweight soft-shell jacket)
Waterproof Shell Jacket (Gore Tex, Pertex or similar, not insulated)
Big Puffy Coat (down or synthetic jacket to fit on top of all other layers)
Lightweight Base Layer Bottom (polyester, wool or silk long underwear bottom)
Ski Pants (non-insulated hard shell or soft shell pants).
Gloves (at least 2 pairs: a pair of heavy, waterproof, warm gloves and a pair of lighter gloves. If your hands get cold easily, bring extra gloves, mittens and/or handwarmers)
Hats (one sun hat, one warm cap)
Buff or Neck Gaiter
Socks (wool/synthetic ski socks)



*Touring Skis or Splitboard (make sure it is tuned/freshly waxed)
*Alpine Touring Ski Boots or Snowboard Boots (check that the boot works with your ski binding)
*Ski Poles (adjustable poles with powder baskets)
*Climbing Skins (they must be cut to fit your skis)
Big Day-Tour Backpack or Airbag Pack (at least 30+ liters capacity)
Ski Helmet (recommended, optional)
BCA Link Radio (optional)
**Avalanche Transceiver (must be a 3-Antenna Transceiver with fresh batteries)
Your Beacon’s User Manual (hard copy or PDF saved to your phone)
**Avalanche Probe (must be at least 240cm long)
**Avalanche Rescue Shovel (must have a metal blade)
Water Bottle(s) (either 1 Nalgene, or 1 Nalgene and 1 small Thermos. No Camelbacks).
Sunscreen and Lip Balm
Headlamp (fresh batteries)
Lunch Food & Snacks (about 1lb/day: sandwich, Twinkies, jerky, cheese, trail mix, candy bars, nuts, salami)


*Indicates items available to rent through Ridgway Adventure Sports in Ridgway, CO: (970) 626-8500. Please reserve your setup a month before your trip start date. They do not carry snowboard boots.*
**Beacon/Shovel/Probe rentals are included in course fees.**


Kristin Arnold guide and climber

IFMGA Mountain Guide
AMGA Ski Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide

Sheldon Kerr climber

IFMGA Mountain Guide
AMGA Ski Guide
AMGA Alpine Guide
AMGA Rock Guide