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 conjuction with a Level 1 course, since avalanche avoidance skills are more important than rescue skills. 

Bring and wear a lot of clothes! Multiple puff coats, insulated pants, puff skirts, hot tea, chemical heat packs.... We will spend the day in one small area, with short periods of intense activity. Being cold will limit your learning. 

We Will Cover

  • Importance of 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



  • December 22, 2018 (Instructors: Joe, Nick and Elliot)

  • January 12, 2019 (Instructors: Joe, Nick and Elliot)

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

  • Transportation to and from the trailhead.

  • Lodging, food and drink.

  • Personal gear and avalanche rescue gear. See Avalanche Course Gear List.

  • Avalanche Essentials, by Bruce Tremper

  • Rescue and trip insurance. See Booking for details.

To Book

  • Check availability on the calendar.

  • Contact the lead instructor with any questions.

  • Booking link coming soon.

Photos of Course Topics in Action