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

  • 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.

  • 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

    • 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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