Avalanche Rescue Course
Practice, Just in Case
This one-day (8 hour) course is equally suited for those new to avalanche education and those who want a refresher. It focuses exclusively on how to be prepared and respond to an avalanche incident by gaining hands-on experience with companion rescue techniques. Although this course gives you a foundation for rescue, regular practice is required for proficiency. Also please keep in mind that avalanche avoidance skills are more important than rescue skills. This course should be taken in conjunction with Level 1 Avalanche Training.
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.
Be prepared to be outside all day in the cold, dark, wind and wetness. Inclement weather will help simulate a real Alaska rescue situation. We will spend the day in one small area, with short periods of intense activity. Please dress for the conditions to enhance your learning! 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
Headlamp with extra batteries
Winter 2019/20 schedule will be available in September 2019.
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.
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: