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
How to use your beacon, shovel and probe
Rescue procedure as victim or responder
Searching for victims without beacons
Common medical issues
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
Practice with your field gear before you show up. This is not a backcountry riding course.
Watch Rescue at Cherry Bowl.
Review the Backcountry Access Rescue videos.
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.
Does Not Include
Lodging, food and drink.
Transportation to and from the trailhead.
Avalanche Essentials, by Bruce Tremper.
Personal gear and avalanche rescue gear. See Avalanche Course Gear List.
Rescue and trip insurance (recommended). See Reservation, Cancellation and Insurance Policy for details.