Avalanche Rescue Course

Practice, Just in Case

This course is equally suited for those new to avalanche education, and those who want a refresher. It gives you a solid foundation for rescue although regular practice is still required. It's also important to understand this course must be taken in conjunction with a Level 1 course, since avalanche avoidance skills are more important than rescue skills. 

Be prepared to be outside all day in the cold, dark, wind and wetness. Conditions will help simulate a real Alaska rescue situation. We will spend the day in one small area, with short periods of intense activity. Dressing for the conditions will enhance your learning. 

We Will Cover

  • Importance of avalanche avoidance

  • Avalanche avoidance basics

  • Trailhead checks

  • Leadership

  • How to use your beacon, shovel and probe

  • Rescue procedure as victim or responder

  • Searching for victims without beacons

  • Common medical issues

  • Rescue scenarios


  • Avalanche Awareness Course and/or Level 1 Course.

  • All travel abilities: beginner to expert, ski, snowshoe or splitboard.

  • Ability to stay outside all day in bad weather, starting and finishing in the dark. Bring in addition to the Avalanche Course Gear List:

    • 2 insulated coats

    • Hardshell top and bottom

    • Thermos with hot drink

    • High calorie food

    • Chemical heat packets

    • Insulated pants recommended

    • Powerful headlamp with extra batteries

Pre-Course Homework


  • Saturday, Dec 22, 2018, instructors: Joe, Nick and Elliot.

  • Saturday, Jan 12, 2019, instructors: Joe, Nick and Elliot.


  • 9am meet at Glen Alps Trailhead, ready to go.

  • 5pm course close at Glen Alps.

Cost: $175 per person


  • 8 hours (1 day) of professional field instruction.

  • 5:1 max student to instructor ratio.

  • Avalanche rescue field cards.

  • Certificate of completion.

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