AIARE Companion Rescue Course and Guided Ski Tour Sweepstakes

Enter to win an all-inclusive prize pack to get an AIARE Companion Rescue Course for two and a guided ski tour for two in Durango and the San Juan Mountains! This prize pack, valued at $2,000, includes:

  • One-day, AIARE Companion Rescue Course with AMGA instructors from San Juan Expeditions for two
  • One-day, private guided ski tour with AMGA instructors from San Juan Expeditions for two
  • $500 flight voucher or gas card for travel to and from Durango
  • Three-night hotel stay
  • Three days of breakfast and dinner from Durango's finest restaurants
  • $200 gear shopping spree in downtown Durango


This incredible sweepstakes is brought to you by Visit Durango, San Juan Expeditions, and our participating partners.


What is the AIARE Companion Rescue Course?

Rescue Course in Durango, CO

Whether you are a novice to backcountry skiing or an experienced rider, we all get rusty when we don't regularly practice critical skills. This AIARE Companion Rescue Course was designed as a yearly refresher to help backcountry travelers keep their skills sharp as they venture into avalanche terrain.

In this course, you will learn the following; 

  • How to build a rescue sled
  • Advanced beacon searches and complex rescue scenarios
  • Multiple burial scenarios 
  • Considerations for an organized rescue


What does the private guided ski tour entail?

Backcountry Skiing in La Plata Canyon

Your private guided ski tour will be provided by your AMGA guide from San Juan Expeditions to explore the backcountry north of Durango. You will also get to experience the breathtaking views of the San Juan Mountains as you explore the backcountry with an experienced guide.


The sweepstakes begins on February 9 and ends on March 1. The winner must book their course by April 30, 2023.


Simply complete the form above, and you’ll be entered to win the prize pack. One lucky winner will be announced on March 1, 2023. Some restrictions apply; see below for official rules.

No purchase is necessary. One entry per person and entrants must be at least 21 years old and be a legal resident of the United States. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Transportation is not included and travel must be completed by April 30, 2023. Travel dates are subject to availability. Some restrictions and blackout dates apply and cannot be redeemed over holiday periods. No credit will be given for unused elements.

By submitting an entry, you agree to the sweepstakes rules, terms, and conditions - including joining Visit Durango and San Juan Expeditions' email lists to send you occasional love notes from Durango. We will not share your info with any third parties. You can unsubscribe at any time.

Visit Durango has partnered with local businesses to bring you these prizes. With so many great restaurants, retailers, and attractions in the Durango area, we aim to bring you an experience you'll never forget!